Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
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Hiking

Explore the mountain on your own two feet.

Take the gondola (ticket required) to the summit or mid-mountain followed by a downhill journey, or push yourself on an uphill hike then rest and take in the views on the scenic ride back to the base, or make it big adventure with a round-trip hike.

No matter your ability, you can find a rewarding and scenic hike on Mammoth Mountain or else where in the Mammoth Lakes region.

Mammoth Mountain Summit

Mammoth Mountain Trail

Mammoth Mountain Trail

  • Distance: 5 Miles (one-way)
  • Intensity: Strenuous
  • Hiking Time: 3 Hours
From the wide multi-use trail behind and to the left of the Eleven53 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

The Dragon's Back / Twin Lakes Trail

  • Distance: 5 Miles (one-way)
  • Intensity: Strenuous
  • 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. Free shuttle runs from Tamarack Lodge (at Twin Lakes) to The Village (transportation schedule).

Tip: 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

Main Lodge Trail - from McCoy Station

  • Distance: 2 Miles (one-way)
  • Intensity: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 1 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 – just ask the gondola operator for directions when you get off at McCoy Station.
 
St Anton Trail - from McCoy Station

St Anton Trail - from McCoy Station

  • Distance: 3 Miles (one-way)
  • Intensity: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 2 Hours
High-alpine terrain gives way to thick pine forest as you snake your way from mid-mountain at McCoy Station down to the Adventure Center.
 

 

Base of the Mountain

Minaret Vista Trail - from the Adventure Center

Minaret Vista Trail - from the Adventure Center

  • Distance: 3 Miles (round-trip)
  • Intensity: Moderate
  • 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

Starkweather Trail - from Minaret Summit

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles (one-way; return via the shuttle)
  • Intensity:Moderate
  • 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, you can hop on the shuttle (fee required) to go check out Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls, or ride it back to the ranger booth.