Mammoth Lakes, California is a scenic town in Mono County, and is surrounded by lakes and hiking opportunities for you and your dog to enjoy. At an elevation of 7,880 feet, this mountain town attracts athletes and nature enthusiasts from all over. Whether it’s cross-country skiing at the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center in the winter, or swimming in one of the Mammoth Lakes in the summer, their are plenty of activities that you can do with your furry travel companion in this beautiful area!
One of the most popular hikes for dogs and their owners is the Crystal Lake Trail in the south end of Mammoth Lakes. The hike isn’t too strenuous, and offers mountain vistas and stunning views of Crystal Lake and Mammoth Crest. The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip. If you and Fido want to spend the night near some of the trailheads, Coldwater campground is a great dog friendly option! Two leashed dogs are allowed per campsite.
If you’re in Mammoth Lakes to hit the slopes, the Mammoth Mountain Inn is right near the Mammoth Mountain Ski area. This gorgeous Inn also welcomes pets for an extra fee. With so many wilderness adventures to be had, it’s no wonder dog owners flock to Mammoth Lakes all year round!
When it comes to Mammoth Mountain, your dog doesn’t need to miss out on the fun! This popular mountain and ski resort is accessible through the Mammoth Mountain neighborhood in the west end of Mammoth Lakes. Dogs are welcome to travel on the gondola with you to the summit, or mid-way. By the time you reach the summit, you’ll both feel like you’re at the top of the world at an elevation of 11,000 feet! Explore some of the many trails at the top, with pawrific views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and the Inyo National Forest. There are hikes available at all difficulty levels. If you and your pup want a challenge, check out the 5-mile Mammoth Mountain Trail to get views of the San Joaquin river valley below.
Old Mammoth is on the south side of Mammoth Lakes, and used to be a mining camp. To take a look at the old mines, Mammoth Rock Trail is the way to go! This trail is 2.6 miles long and welcomes leashed dogs, as long as they’re well-behaved and picked up after. It starts at Sherwins Meadow to the edge of the Lakes Basin. The trail offers great views of the Sherwin Range and the iconic Mammoth Rock, a limestone and marble outcropping in the mountains. When your pup is tuckered out from all the fresh air, you can check out Roberto’s Cafe for some great Mexican cuisine. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables on the garden patio.
For some fur-tastic hiking opportunities, the Devil’s Postpile National Monument is the place to be. This national park encompases 798 acres of protected land and is accessible through the neighborhood of West Mammoth Lakes. The park is home to the Devil’s Postpile, an unusual rock formation of columnar basalt, and the 101 foot-high Rainbow Falls. The famous Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails pass through the monument and merge into one. Your furry travel companion is welcome to explore with you throughout the monument, but must stay leashed and be picked up after. You can get to the Devil’s Postpile by foot from Mammoth Lakes, or by shuttle from the Mammoth Lakes Ski Area. Dogs are allowed on the shuttle, but must be leashed and muzzled.