With the ability to pack activities in between sunrise and sunset, summer days in Mammoth Lakes, California, go delightfully long and are perfect for families. What’s your family’s preferred starting point? Perhaps you’re camping in one of the area’s many campgrounds, where you’ll wake to the sounds of birds and chipmunks. Or, perhaps home-away-from-home is a private mountain cabin with a panorama of pine trees out the window. Wherever your Mammoth home base is, a quintessential summer day likely includes outdoor adventures that everyone can enjoy. Here are some ideas.
Fuel up with strong coffee and waffle breakfast at Black Velvet Coffee, where the plush couches are a perfect place to plot your day. Rent bikes at Footloose Sports and head for the Mammoth Lakes Basin, where you can fish for trout or go on a scenic hike. An easy hike with kids is to the stunning McLeod Lake (the trailhead is located at Horseshoe Lake).
Enjoy a quick lunch stop at the Village at Mammoth before getting on the shuttle up to Mammoth Mountain’s Adventure Center. Here, kids’ activities include a climbing wall and zip line, and the option to board the Panorama Gondola for a birds’ eye view of the Sierra Range from Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center.
When it’s time to kick back and reflect on a cool mountain day, head to Mammoth Brewing Company and Eatery. Here, adults can enjoy tasting local brews and bar snacks, while kids can order from a kids menu and play lawn games.
Ask a local here to point you in the direction of one of the natural hot springs on the outskirts of Mammoth Lakes, the ultimate spot for everyone to unwind, detox and relax.