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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, California USA

Best time to hike:
Spring
Temperature:
Mild
Trails:
Numerous
Mammoth Lakes is located near Mammoth Mountain, in California’s eastern Sierra about 100 mi/161 km south of Nevada State Line, 9 mi/14.5 km northwest of Mount Morrison, at an elevation of 7880 ft/2402 m, Mono County, California, USA.

Mammoth Lakes is ideal for hiking. Especially during spring, vistas are breathtaking and the smell of forest and wildflowers intoxicating. While hiking on the numerous trails, you can enjoy the sun on your face and the chilling breeze in spring. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, especially if you hike in summer.

Temperatures are mild. On Memorial Day Weekend, Highway 120 to Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite National Park, generally open and you can enjoy your hike. In summer, you should really explore trails around Mammoth Lakes. The beauty of the area this time of year is magnificent.

Make a stop to watch the hawks swooping, a little lizard trying to cool itself and the way the aroma diffuses from the sage, when you gently grind against it. Don’t forget about fall though. The season is unclouded and the view of the falling leaves makes the palette of the autumn come alive.

With fall come crisp mountain mornings and warm days. Don’t forget to bring your camera to immortalize the landscapes this special time of year.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Los Angeles
309 mi / 497.3 km, 4 hrs 56 mins
Start out going northwest on W 1st St towards S Broadway. Take the 1st right onto N Broadway. Merge onto US-101 N towards Hollywood Fwy/Harbor Fwy. Merge onto CA-110 N via EXIT 3 towards Pasadena. Take the I-5 FWY N/Golden State Fwyexit, EXIT 26A, on the left towards Sacramento. Merge onto I-5 N. Keep right to take I-5-TRUCK N towards CA-14 N. Merge onto CA-14 N towards Palmdale/Lancaster. CA-14 N becomes US-395 N. Turn slight right onto 03s434 (Portions unpaved). Stay straight to go onto 03s438 (Portions unpaved). Take the 1st right onto N1206 (Portions unpaved). N1206 becomes 03s440 (Portions unpaved). Welcome to MAMMOTH LAKES, CA9 3546.
BY CAR FROM San Francisco
329 mi / 529.5 km, 5 hrs 50 mins
Start out going south on Van Ness Ave/US-101 towards Fell St. Merge onto US-101 S/Central Fwy towards I-80 E/Oakland/San Jose. Merge onto I-80 E via the exit on the left towards Bay Bridge/Oakland. Merge onto I-580 E toward CA-24/Hayward-Stockton. Keep left to take I-205 E towards Tracy/Stockton. Merge onto I-5 N. Merge onto CA-120 E via EXIT 461 towards Manteca/Sonora. Merge onto CA-99 N/CA-120 E via the exit on the left toward Sacramento/Sonora. Take the CA-120 E/Yosemite Ave exit,EXIT 242, towards Sonora. Turn right onto E Yosemite Ave/CA-120. Continue to follow CA-120. Turn left onto E F St/CA-108/CA-120. Continue to follow CA-108 E. Turn right onto Peaceful Oak Rd/CA-108. Take the 1st left onto Mono Way/Sonora Pass Hwy/CA-108 E. Continue to follow CA-108 E (Portions may be closed seasonally). Turn right onto US-395 S. Make a U-turn onto US-395 N. Turn slight right onto 03s434 (Portions unpaved). Stay straight to go onto 03s438 (Portions unpaved). Take the 1st right onto N1206 (Portions unpaved). N1206 becomes 03s440 (Portions unpaved). Welcome to MAMMOTH LAKES, CA93546.
BY AIR
Los Angeles International Ariport,
315 mi / 507 km
BY TRAIN

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