4-30-2017 – What’s up in Mammoth Lakes, California?

4-30-2017 – Good Morning from Mammoth Lakes, we have clear skies today.

Highs will be in the 60s with light afternoon winds out of the south west. Night time lows will continue to be cool down into the 30s.

The weather into Thursday should remain about the same then by next Friday into the following weekend expect a big cool down and a chance of rain and snow in the area is possible.

Roads in town and up to main lodge area now clear and snow and ice free. The road into the heart of the Lakes Basin is closed with 15-20 feet of snow on the ground.

All other mountain passes remain closed due to snow at this time, including the road to Reds Meadow.

The Mammoth Mountain Ski area is open with all operations out of the Main Lodge with chairs 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 23 and G1 and G2 running this mid week on a base of 200-350+ inches.

To get the full details of snow conditions check out our Mammoth Snowman Report at this link.

Fishing Season is now open in Inyo and Mono Counties. We saw some large fish get pulled out of local lakes on Saturday. The warming weather should get the bite going strong this week.

Beware of local creeks and rivers as the runoff is going to pick up big time this week. Fish along these areas will also become difficult.

Scroll down the page for more information on what to do this week in Mammoth Lakes.


Just a bit of open water at Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. By by Snowman PS: If you want to chat with the people who use this web site and share your own videos and images join our Mammoth Snowman Facebook Group. Here is the link to join the Mammoth Snowman Facebook Group. We also have a Fan Page on Facebook you can get to via this link.

What’s up in Mammoth Lakes this week: 

Spring is just starting here in Mammoth Lakes after the biggest water years in our history. 100 inches of water was recored at Main Lodge this winter. Of course most of that was snow and that had created a massive base of snow.

Here in the lower elevations of town we have seen a lot of winters snows melt off. However the upper reaches of town still have 6-10 foot snow banks and those will take a month or more to melt off.

Up in the Lakes Basin it will take half the summer to melt off all the snow in the campgrounds and around the main lakes you can drive to. The back country looks to be snow covered in many spots until next fall. Some areas will have snow on trails all year during 2017. 

Hiking is not happening at this time due to excess snow pack. 

The Paved Town trails are starting to melt out, however until the town makes the effort to blow them out they will be a mix of pavement and snow pack.

The trail from the park along old Mammoth Road down to the college and down to the skate park is about 75% melted out at this time. If your in hiking boots you will have no problem getting over the snow patches.  

Fishing is now in full swing here in Mammoth Lakes. Mammoth Creek is stocked and fishable. As things warm up the water flow will pick up and it will be a tough to fish on. 

Crowley Lake is full and free of ice, it’s also stocked with a ton of fish. I would expect the lake to be packed with people next Saturday and Sunday as the options for fishing are very limited this April.  

The upper Owens River is running very high at this time, use caution if your driving off road in the area. Many sections are flooded and have turned very muddy.


Up in the Lakes Basin there is just a bit of open water at the first body of Twin Lakes, the rest of the lakes are under 10-15+ feet of snow. 

Mountain Biking is limited to local dirt roads below 8000 feet. Rock Creek Trail is your best bet as it has melted out and is in great shape. This weeks warm up should get some more dirt roads open, I will keep you updated. 


Who is Steve Taylor – The Mammoth Snowman? Over the last 30+ years, Snowman have spent countless hours studying and learning about mammoth mountain weather and snow conditions first hand.

Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to MammothSnowman.com in 2004 with his Video & Photo Blog reports. (No You Tube back then)

Snowman has had his reports, videos and photos featured on both local TV Stations here in Mammoth, along with AP, Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC News. Learn more about the Snowman and our team here at MammothSnowman.com at this link.


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