Mammoth, California

The drive from Sequoia National Park to Mammoth, California was not an easy one. We decided to take a shortcut (the 155 heading to Lake Isabella – trying to bypass Bakersfield) that could have ended in disaster. This shortcut included not one but two 13% grades as well as another 11% grade on it and we were pulling a trailer. When we turned on to this shortcut there were NO warning signs stating that trucks and trailers are not advised. We had no choice but to continue forward because there was nowhere to turn around. We finally made it to the bottom and flat land. The rest of the trip to Mammoth went smoothly and had a great time visiting the area.

I think the most exciting and frightening part of the trip was taking the gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain (elevation 11,053′). I have never been in one before and am not particular fond of heights. We made it to the top and just the views alone were breathtaking. We decided to take a guided tour and the guide was very knowledgeable and ready to act as picture taker for the group. Check out the Yodler for a bite to eat at the Main Lodge – great food!

Sign Marker on top of Mammoth Mountain (Photo by RSheridan)

The Mammoth Lakes Basin was beautiful with lush greens and pristine lakes. We saw this guy/gal at Lake Mary trying to catch some fish for breakfast. 

(Photo by RSheridan)
We took the bus from the Main Lodge to take us down to hike to Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile. The hike to Rainbow Falls is worth it – the falls were beautiful and serene. Makes you want to give up the daily rat race and become one with the outdoors. I did not see the true beauty of the Devils Postpile until I saw it from down below – the top of it is interesting to see, so check out both views.
Rainbow Falls (Photo by RSheridan)
Mammoth is know for its skiing, however; there are other hidden gems to see in this area during its off season. The restaurants offer good prices, good service and great food. There are shuttles available to take visitors to the Main Lodge – if you are not the adventurous type find a place to sit back and watch the action happen around you.

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