If you're looking for a scenic camping location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, Coldwater Campground is the perfect spot. Located close to the town of Mammoth Lakes, campers have access to a variety of water sources including two creeks and the nearby Lake Mary. The grounds are situated in a beautifully dense pine forest, providing shade and an abundance of wildlife to admire.
Coldwater Campground is pet-friendly and has a total of 74 sites, with Coldwater Creek and Mammoth Creek on either side of the campgrounds. Standard electric hookups are available, but there are no water hookups or hookups for RVs. Guests can find flush toilets and pressurized water spigots in different locations within the grounds. Sites also come with designated fire-rings, picnic tables and lockable food storage containers, mandatory for storing all food items. This includes dog food and canned food as black bears are prevalent and active in the area.
Other wildlife you can look forward to stumbling across while visiting Coldwater includes various bird and fish species, pine marten, mule deer, mountain lions, and more. If you're in need of some fresh air, hiking the various trails close by is always an option, including Duck Pass Trail. The trail is a 5-mile long path taking you through forests and past lakes until joining up with the John Muir Trail. The John Muir trail is ideal for longer hikes and will take you through the John Muir Wilderness. Here you can see snow-capped mountains, canyons, and terrain magnificently carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago.
If you're done your hike and looking for a place to cool down, you can try either creek on the campground or visit nearby Lake Mary. Fishing is done prominently in Lake Mary as it's filled with brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout. At Mary Lake, you can also swim or enjoy a ride in the boat.
Overall, Coldwater Campground is the perfect place for you if you're looking exchange your busy city life for a getaway in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.