7-17-2017 – What’s up in Mammoth Lakes, California?

7-17-2017 – Good Morning from Mammoth Lakes, we have clear skies today in town and over Mammoth Mountain. 

Weather wise highs today and thru the week will be in the low to mid 80s in town. Night time lows will be in the upper 40s. 

Up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and out on Mammoth Mountain highs will be in the upper 60s to low 70s.


With lows also in the mid to upper 40s.  Winds will be out of the south west 5-15 MPH. 

Locals Choice for fun this week is to get some turns in at Mammoth Mountain from 7:30 AM to 11 AM take a break for lunch and then hit up some downhill runs out in the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park.   

7-17-2017 Horseshoe Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin – Photos by The Snowman 

The Mammoth Lakes Basin Road is open with all lodges open as well. Camping is now open on a first come basis at all campgrounds, there are still a few campsites that are flooded out. Also to not the bathrooms at Horseshoe Lake are broken, they are working on putting some portable units up soon. 

The road to Minaret Vista is now open, however the road down to Reds Meadows is still closed. The snow is melted out but the road is now in need of major repairs and will remain closed the next 2 weeks and maybe longer. 

Fishing is fantastic down at Crowley, get a guide and you will get some large hook ups. Up in the Lakes Basin fishing season is now in full swing with some nice hooks ups and full stringers. 


Fishing on local creeks and streams right now is out with record water flows now hitting the area. By late July water flows will back off to more normal runoff levels. Flood warnings are up as many creeks are overflowing their banks.

If your into the Stand Up Paddle Boarding game, lake Mary is ready to go. Might want a pair of water booties since the water is still on the cold side, Horseshoe lakes is also FULL!  Also June Lake in the morning before the wind hits is a great place to SUP. Hit up the June Lake Beach for access to the lake.

You can rent a SUP over at Footloose Sports right as you enter town, they also have a discount day on Thursday. Get in early the boards rent out fast.

Mammoth Lakes Paved Trails are in great shape and melted out all the way the scenic outlook up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. These trails area the perfect place for a long summer walk, a run or even a bike ride if your not into the dirt. 

Hiking is opening up slowly as the snow melts. Sherwin Lakes is melted out and the hike into Mc Leod Lake is just about snow free.

Most trails below the 10,000 foot level are now melted out so lot’s to start choosing from if you want to hike. Reds Meadows is closed to cars but you can hike or bike down to Rainbows Falls now via the road. You can also get into Reds going over Mammoth Pass, just beware it’s a long hot hike coming out in July.  

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is open with riding below the 9000 foot level. All trails below the Main Lodge are now open with about 20 miles of dirt ready to ride.

I would expect all trails below MC Coy Station to be open in the next couple weeks. Once that happens G1 will run for trail access with Chair 2 running on weekends. Chair 16 is also set up to run but we do not have a confirmation of dates it will run. 


Inyo Forest Bike Trails are also now all open with 100% snow free access. These trails tend to get warm mid day so ride them during the am hours. Here is the link to learn more about these trails: http://www.discovermammoth.com/mountain-biking/usfs_inyo_mountain_bike_trails.htm

All local Golf courses are open as is the Snow Creek Driving Range. Nothing like golf at 8000 feet.

The Mammoth Mountain Ski area is open with all ski operations out of the Main Lodge into early August.To get the full details of snow conditions check out our Mammoth Snowman Report at this link. 

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Mammoth Lakes Basin Photos 7-16-2017



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