The Mammath Mountains are a huge reservoir of volcanoes separated by Serian peaks all around. Some 11 miles north of Los Angeles, California, along America’s 395 highway, this 11,053-foot peak is the focal point of a year’s playground. In the Inyo National Forest amidst this alpine region, many lakes and streams and geological wonders await the visitor and offer countless recreational opportunities. In summer, a list of backpacking, horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, boating and fishing activities is enjoyed here.
In spring and fall, seasonal beauty offers special attractions for hikers, photographers and artists. In winter, an icy cloak surrounds the landscape, leading sports enthusiasts to the region’s world-renowned Mammoth Mountain ski resort and the nearby cross-ski ski and snowmobiling trails. And many of the area’s public and private campgrounds offer year-round camping, making it a favorite destination for many RVers.
An RV tour of Mammoth-Mono country can be approached from different locations and during any season, depending on the visitor’s interests. As a sample tour to introduce the area, begin your journey at the Inyo National Forest Mammoth Visitor Center, the first right as you arrive in the city on State Highway 203. The center houses books, maps, leaflets, displays and assistant rangers. Assist visitors in planning the itinerary and issue forest permits for overnight backpacking trips to the forest. The center sponsors Ranger-led hikes and evening shows.
California’s Mammoth Mountain
Unless you camp in the Devils postpile area, you will have to take a shuttle bus between 7:30 am and 7 am. Everyday to get there. To reduce traffic congestion in this very popular area, a rate of $ 8 per child or $ 4 per adult bus 3-15, free, round-trip service for children under 2 years old. The bus ride between stops in the valley is free. If you are going to camp in the Thorn Valley in the middle of the San Joaquin River, you should know that the road from the tower summit to Agnew Meadows is more than one-lane wide, and steep. Shuttle is free after Labor Day in October.
The trailhead of Agnew Meadows is packed with hikers’ vehicles, and the meadow is even more packed with flowers. The journey of horses in the jungle begins at a pack station here. Both hikers and riders visit such places as Shadow Lake, calling the guidebook Mammoth Lecce Sierra “one of the jewels of the Sierra, especially because of its setting beneath the peaks of the Ritter Range”. This is a moderate 3 mile hike.
In the Devils postpile, you will see a jumble of postpiles (some such giant, polygonal Lincoln logs piled in the corner) when basalt lava filled the spot to a depth of 400 feet. As the basalt cooled, it broke to form a hive of columns – in fact, one of the best examples of column-joint basalt in the world.
But the volcano was only part of the story here and in the Mammath-Mono region. The glaciers were another. After hiking to the top of the postpile, you will see the tiled floor of the top of the column. A glacier 4,000 feet thick not only polished, but also called parallel trenches. The glacier also dropped 100 feet of basalt from this formation, although the pillars are still 280 to 300 feet and go straight down.
From Postpile you can reach the end of Highway 203 at Reds Meadow. The meadow is a general store, café, cabin and a station offering horse or wagon rides. Just before reaching the resort, you can camp at the Forest Service Campground and Luxuri has this free hot-spring-heated bathhouse.
Also in this area is the trailhead for Rainbow Waterfalls. The hike is only 1-1 / 4 miles and re-enters the National Monument. The San Joaquin River flows roughly 101 feet upward, led by a lava and partly joins into a spectral-colored haze, best reflected at noon. Rainbows in the mist of fall are a daily occurrence, as long as the sun is shining.
This valley receives snowfall during winter, but the Mammath Mountains are open throughout the year. This dormant volcano is one of the most spectacular downhill-ski areas in the country. The skiing area is a healthy mix of 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. Thirty-two lifts and 150 trails include 3,100 vertical feet serving skiers of all abilities. For frontier suicides, expert summits from the summit are advanced (i.e., cliffs and near rocks), a gondola that reaches in 20 minutes. The gondola is also open to summer visitors who wish to go beyond the summit to enjoy the views that are reached in perhaps the best, most easy walking position.
Returning to the village, turn right onto Mary Road to go to Merim Lake. Typical granite spores called crystal crags dominate this glacier-scored basin. The group of lakes here is sprinkled with campgrounds. Mammoth Mountain RV Park is one of the most populous. Mammoth Mountain.