For questions or to check same-day tour availability, please contact the Via Ferrata staff at 760.934.9645.
Two women climbing the Via Ferrata on the cliffs off Mammoth Mountain

Bridge to Adventure

Challenge yourself with a guided climbing adventure on the rugged cliffs of Mammoth Mountain. Via Ferrata, which means “iron path,” is a network of climbing routes using steel cables, iron rungs and suspended bridges fixed to the rock that climbers are attached to for safety. With six different routes that progress in difficulty, Via Ferrata is the perfect alpine activity for families and individuals.

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To book a guided Via Ferrata tour, enter your desired date below. Same-day tickets are not available online but can be purchased on-site at the Via Ferrata office or other Adventure Center locations.

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Guide and client on top of Mammoth Mountain's Via Ferrata

Private & Group Tours

Conquer the Via Ferrata

Our Via Ferrata is located on the rugged cliffs below the Caldera Overlook adjacent to McCoy Station. Start your 3-hour private tour or 90 minute group tour at the Via Ferrata/Snowmobile Adventures building before riding the Panorama Gondola up to McCoy Station for a quick orientation.Guides will determine the best climbing route(s) for you based on comfort and ability. Once you reach the end of the tour, you can take the gondola back down, getting more views of the cliffs you’ve just conquered, or continue uphill on the gondola to the summit of Mammoth Mountain.

Private Tours are able to accomplish most routes while Group Tours will accomplish one route up and down.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location

Via Ferrata check-in is at Snowmobile Adventures, located behind the Yodler Restaurant near Main Lodge. Groups should check in 30 minutes before their scheduled tour to sign liability forms and for a quick orientation. From there, they'll head up to McCoy Station (the gondola's mid-point), where they'll get comfortable on the practice wall before heading to Via Ferrata routes.

10200 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Hours

Via Ferrata is open daily from June 29–September 2, 2024. Walk-ups are welcome daily between 8:30 AM–1:30 PM and are subject to availability.


  • 3 hour Private tours offered at 9:00 AM, 9:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 1:30 PM
  • 90 minute Group tours begin at 10:00 AM and depart every hour until 2:00 PM

Hours are subject to weather and conditions. Please check Activity Status on the Mammoth App or Mountain Report page before heading up.

WHAT IS VIA FERRATA?

Via Ferrata is a mountaineering experience utilizing a steel cable, which runs along the climbing route and is periodically fixed to the rock every 3–30 ft. Using a Via Ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable with modern climbing harnesses, thus limiting the chance of falling. The cable aids guests with ascending and safety, while additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs, pegs and a suspension bridge, provide excitement and control on this exhilarating mountain adventure.


ARE THERE ANY AGE, WEIGHT, OR FITNESS REQUIREMENTS?

Anyone who meets our age, weight and minimal fitness requirements can do Via Ferrata. No prior climbing experience is required to participate.


Age: Participants must be at least 12 years old and meet the minimum weight requirement.
Weight Restriction: All climbers must weigh 88–264 lbs (40–119 kg). The weight limit is set by the lanyard manufacturer.
Fitness Ability: No previous climbing experience is necessary, but all participants must meet a minimum, but reasonable fitness ability. If you are able to climb up a ladder a few times and walk on uneven terrain you should be able to participate.



IS A GUIDE REQUIRED?

Yes, we have a guide accompany you on your adventure to ensure maximum safety and fun.


IS THERE A MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE?

There is no minimum group size, however the maximum per guide-to-guest ratio is 1:4 for both group and private tours. Some larger groups may be accommodated by contacting our Via Ferrata staff directly at 760.934.9645.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AND BRING?

All safety equipment is provided. Please bring sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle and sunglasses. We recommend wearing comfortable athletic wear and hiking or approach-style shoes. For your safety, climbers are not permitted to wear open toed shoes, rings, or dangling jewelry.


WHAT TIME OF YEAR IS VIA FERRATA AVAILABLE?

The Via Ferrata typically operates seasonally June–September, weather and conditions permitting.


WHAT ABOUT WEATHER?

Weather events such as lightning, thunder, rain, or snow may cause closures or delays.


CAN FAMILY ACCOMPANY ME TO WATCH IF THEY ARE NOT PARTICIPATING?

Family can purchase a Scenic Gondola Ride ticket to go observe from the hiking trail below the cliff. Family may not pass the guide access closure, and may not stage at the top of the cliff, as they could inadvertently dislodge hazards causing injury or death to those below.


HOW MANY ROUTES WILL I GET TO CLIMB?

Your guide will determine what routes will be climbed based on the comfort and ability of the whole group. For private tours, as time and ability allow, multiple routes can be attempted within the 3-hour tour time. Group tours include 1 route down, 1 route back up, and the bridge.


WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU SUPPLY? CAN I BRING MY OWN?

We supply all safety equipment including harness, lanyards, and helmet. You must use safety equipment provided by Mammoth Mountain.


CAN I BRING A CAMERA?

Cell phones and cameras are not permitted for use during your climbing experience but may be secured in your backpack.Guides will take photos to share with you at the end of the tour.


CAN I FALL?

Yes, you can fall. Your lanyards are attached to a steel cable parallel to the climbing route, which will arrest your fall. Via Ferrata is designed to reduce the probability of falling and minimize the risks sustained in a fall.


CAN I STOP MID-WAY AND TURN AROUND?

Your guide will customize your experience to match your preferred intensity level. There are connector trails to exit the Via Ferrata from the bottom and top of our routes. If there is an unusual mid-route circumstance, the guide can always add security by providing an additional rope (top-rope belay). A participant can also climb down from any point on all the routes. Via Ferrata can be used to climb both up and down.


PLEASE READ: A signed digital liability waiver is required for each person booked. You will receive an email from LiabillityWaiver@MammothResorts.com with instructions to complete and submit prior to your activity date.



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