Mammoth Mountain Outdoor Activities
80|50 Mammoth is ideally situated in the
picturesque Village at Mammoth Lakes.
Surrounded by towering pines, the residences boast spectacular views of town, Mammoth Mountain and the dramatic Sierra Mountains. 80|50 Mammoth is close to everything the area offers—outstanding snow sports and great summer outdoor activities, shopping and dining, spa services and entertainment venues. 80|50 Mammoth provides owners with easy access to the Village Gondola via private sky bridge. Or you can saunter into the heart of the village to explore.
Mammoth is home to an amazing array of all-season adventures, from daring snow sports to tranquil summertime getaways.
Mammoth is justly revered as one of the country’s great ski resorts. The season is long, the weather generally mild with winter temperatures in the 40s, the snow spectacular—an annual average of 400”—and varied terrain offers something for every level of skier and boarder. Mammoth’s 28 lifts service more than 3,500 skiable acres and 150 named trails. The mountain’s top elevation is an impressive 11,053 feet and trails provide more than 3,100 vertical feet. For skiers and snowboarders who want to test their mettle, Mammoth’s Unbound Terrain Parks offer a slice of sheer heaven with seven parks, three pipes and 90 acres of features for every level of ability.
Visit: Mammoth Mountain
Glistening snow, crisp air, brilliant blue skies and the tang of wood smoke from a blazing fire, with a six-month snow season often lasting from fall till June, you’ll rediscover everything you love about winter.
Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowcat touring and snowshoeing are just some of the area’s wintertime pleasures.
Summers in Mammoth are simply sublime, with warm sunny weather and endless possibilities. Bike an exhilarating mountain trail, hike into pristine wilderness, world-class fly-fishing minutes away from your door or plant your putter on an emerald Alpine golf course—the sky’s the limit.
1 hour to park entrance
Just north of Mammoth on Highway 395 is the eastern entrance to iconic Yosemite National Park. If you prefer not to drive, the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System provides shuttles from Mammoth Lakes to the park. Once there, spend hours exploring Yosemite’s striking rock formations, waterfalls and trails, before riding home in comfort.
Visit: Yosemite National Park
15 minutes south
Located just south of 80|50 Mammoth, Convict Lake offers the quintessential High Sierra backdrop for hiking, fishing and landscape photography. Sculptured by ancient glaciers and filled by transparent water delivered from the snowmelt high above, the lake showcases unsurpassed clarity of the granite sands beneath.
For the entry-level hiker the three-mile perimeter lake trail provides an experience like no other. For the more adventurous the Convict Creek Trail gains access to the John Muir Wilderness and its collection of pristine tranquil lakes above.
Visit: Convict Lake
20 minutes south
If fishing is your game Crowley Lake offers one of the best public fisheries in the country. Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout thrive, in this exemplary body of water. The southern end of the lake, with its steep canyon walls, gives way to the twenty-mile-long Owens River Gorge.
If sporting, relaxation, or exploration is more your style the local Fish Camp provides boat rentals, for a day of fun-in-the-sun. A quick cruise over to the east shore offers sandy beaches and the curious 760,000 year-old mineral column formations. (For safety, do not enter the columns, as tempting as it may be.)
Visit: Crowley Lake
Bodie Ghost Town
1.25 hours north
Bodie Ghost Town is the real deal. It is not a collection of left behind Hollywood western movie set plywood flats from the 1950s, but one of the greatest historic ghost towns in existence. The 160 year-old town once bustled with over 10,000 residents - all trying their luck at striking it rich. Gone are the transient get-rich-quick dreamers, remaining are the saloons, bawdy houses and general mercantile structures that now house the ghosts of days past. An absolute must for classic landscape photographers looking to expose a roll of infrared film through their vintage rangefinder camera.
Visit: Bodie Ghost Town
30 minutes north
Mono lake is not a maybe, but a must. At just over 6,000 feet in elevation the lake collects water from the surrounding High Sierra spring snowmelt, but has nowhere to go; there are no down-valley outlets for the water to escape. Aided by the summer heat the water evaporates leaving a concentration of minerals behind creating the Tufa towers (pillars).
The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitors Center, conveniently located high above and providing a spectacular lake overview, is just off highway 395 past the town of Lee Vining. While passing through the historic town be sure to grab a few old fashion frosties and classic griddle cooked cheese burgers at the favorite roadside eatery Mono Cone.
Visit: Mono Lake