Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
 

Hiking

Like most activities at Mammoth, our hiking and camping options cater to everyone from the amateur outdoorsman to Davy Crockett. The one thread uniting them all is their irresistible beauty. Our only advice? Don't forget the camera.

Summit

Mammoth Mountain Trail 
  • Distance: Strenuous five miles one-way
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
From the wide multi-use trail behind and to the left of the Top of the Sierra Interpretive Center, the Mammoth Mountain trail winds down the back of the mountain, with views of the San Joaquin river valley below and surrounding peaks before heading back to the Main Lodge via Red's Lake.
 

 The Dragon's Back/ Twin Lakes Trail
  • Distance: Strenuous five miles one-way
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
Descend Mammoth Mountain’s summit to the scenic Lakes Basin. Meander down into the forest past the “Bottomless Pit,” a natural arch that drops toward Twin Lakes. Town shuttle runs from Tamarack.

Note: Hikers must arrange their own transportation from Twin Lakes. Look for the Dragon's Back/Twin Lakes sign where the hiking trail breaks from the Skid Marks bike trail.
 

Mid-Mountain

Main Lodge Trail - from McCoy Station
  • Distance: Moderate two miles one way
  • Hiking Time: One Hour
Enjoy wide-open views on an easy descent from McCoy Station, the mid-mountain gondola stop, to the Main Lodge. Before starting on the trail, stop for lunch at the nearby picnic area-ask a gondola operator at McCoy Station for directions to the picnic area.
 

St Anton Trail - from McCoy Station
  • Distance: Moderate three miles one way
  • Hiking Time: Two Hours
High-alpine terrain gives way to thick pine forest as you snake your way from mid-mountain at McCoy Station to the Adventure Center.
 

Base Hikes

Minaret Vista Trail - from the Adventure Center
  • Distance: Moderate three miles round-trip
  • Hiking Time: 2 Hours
The trail starts behind the Mammoth Mountain Inn, gradually gaining altitude through a lovely mixed conifer forest and then flattening out to an open, pumice-covered ridge. At the vista, hikers are rewarded with a sweeping view of the Minarets, Ritter Range and the river valley below.

Starkweather Trail--from Minaret Summit
  • Distance: 2.5 miles one-way (return via the shuttle)
  • Hiking Time: 1-2 Hours
Look for the trail across the road from the Minaret Summit ranger booth. This pleasant hike switchbacks down to the road across from Starkweather. From there, hop on the shuttle to Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls, or take it back up. Note that there is a charge to ride the shuttle.