Cool nights, changing leaves, and the smell of fall have returned to Mammoth. The buzz of summer may be winding down, but now is the perfect time to plan your last hikes, fishing trips, and backcountry adventures of the season! Here’s what’s going on in Mammoth this fall:
Haunted Rink Skate Party – October 25
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Mammoth Roller Rink (weather permitting).
This year’s festivities will include carnival games such as tin can alley, hit the witch, evil clown throw, rat head lollipop pull, and the famous fairy and dragon realm. There will also be cakewalks and food vendors throughout the night so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to participate. Recreation has lots of fun prizes for everyone, so no one will leave empty handed. Admission is only $5 per person and includes skate rentals while they last. (Skateboards and scooters welcome). The Zamboni shed may also be staffed with zombified hockey players so enter at your own risk…
For more information or to volunteer please call staff at (760) 934-8989 x222.
Ambush at the Lake - Convict Lake Fishing Derby | Now - November 15
Convict Lake Fall Fishing Derby featuring $6,000 in resort prizes.
Enjoy the fiery colors that fall has to offer. Aspens and Cottonwoods in the Eastern Sierra begin their annual change in late September, with the best viewing into early October. A few stunning spots in the area are:
The Lakes Basin & Tamarack Lodge
Experience the majesty of fall in the Lakes Basin without leaving town! The Lakes Basin is located just up Lake Mary road. Book a Fall Colors package at Tamarack today and cuddle up in a cozy cabin or take advantage of a wide range of complimentary activities while you enjoy the changing colors of one of the most beautiful times of year at Mammoth's original historic lakeside retreat.
Drive the scenic June Lake Loop taking in the breathtaking scenery and pointing out the brilliant patches of fall colors dotting the hillsides. Stop in to local-favorite The Tiger Bar for lunch or make a pit stop at Cathy’s Candies for a delicious treat.
Just south of Mammoth Lakes, near Tom’s Place, Rock Creek offers a stunning drive through the mountains. Stop a Pie in the Sky café to fulfill your taste buds – get there early, slices sell out fast! Admire the colors around Rock Creek Lake or adventure on one of the many hikes starting from the area.
Located at base of towering Mount Morrison, just a few miles south of Mammoth. Convict Lake offers an easy trail walk to a beautiful aspen grove on the far side of the lake, the perfect setting for viewing fall colors.
Red’s Meadow & Devils Postpile
A sight to behold! Both are situated over the shoulder of Mammoth Mountain in the San Joaquin River Valley. Entrance fees apply $10/vehicle.
Spend the afternoon exploring the Eastern Sierras stunning views on numerous trails ranging from an easy walk to a strenuous hike. Make sure to dress appropriately in layers, as the weather in Mammoth can change many times throughout a day.
Bodie Ghost Town
Booming in the late 1800’s, Bodie is a former gold mining town located just 45 minutes from Mammoth, between Lee Vining and Bridgeport. In its hay day, Bodie was home to some 10,000 gold seekers; today a small part of the town still exists, preserved in a state of arrested decay. Visit website
Mammoth boasts abundance of lakes great for fishing or exploring in a canoe, kayak or paddle board. Many locations in town rent equipment for your perfect lake adventure.
Yosemite National Park
Fall is the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park to see the changing-leaves with the park practically all to yourself. The Tioga Pass road entrance to the park (access from Mammoth Lakes) is open through October unless there is early snowfall.
Explore the backcountry on guided tour, ranging from the family-perfect two hour jaunt to half-day and full-day adventures. visit website
Complete with a giant cradle, a Burnside wall, lumps, humps, a large bowl, and a love seat wall, the 40,000 square foot Volcom Brothers Skatepark is one of the best in the country and it’s completely free. You don't have to pay to put urethane to concrete at the Shady Rest Skatepark, either.
With superlative tennis courts and serene scenery, check out the Snowcreek Athletic Club (760-934-8511) or the Mammoth Lake Tennis Club ( 760-934-0150 ).
Photograph the fall colors from above in a hot air balloon with Mammoth Balloon Adventures or on a scenic helicopter ride with SkyTime Helicopter Tours.