Mammoth Lakes

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Trail Distance: 7.1 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Mammoth Lakes' Trail System offers more than 300 miles of trails that take the exploring humans and their pups through forests, over granite boulder fields and through alpine meadows filled with summer wildflowers. Three wilderness areas can be accessed from Mammoth Lakes' trails, including the furbulous Pacific Crest Trail! And most of the trailheads can be found right in the middle of town! In the winter, hiking is difficult, especially with doggos, but there's pawlenty of winter activities pups like to share with their humans, like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed trails.


One of the most popular dog-friendly trails at Mammoth Lakes is the Town Loop, a 7-mile loop that visits most of the village and is a visual summary of the available outbound trails. Its surface is asphalt and is groomed in winter for easy walking. Passing through town parks and over bridges, this is a great walk for families with human and furry kiddos!

Another popular destination for dogs and dog-lovers in Mammoth Lakes is Borrow Pit, where pups can run and play, on leash. Access is via the Sherwins Trailhead and Kerry Meadows toward Mammoth Rock and Sherwins Meadow. Its 1.6 miles features mixed surfaces with the occasional appearance of a bike or horse.

The Mammoth Rock Trail Connector is a relatively short trail that welcomes doggos and can be easily hiked by most because of its modest ascent from Sherwins Trailhead. Its path follows the ridge of a glacial morain, which looks down on alpine meadows and features furtastic views of sunrises and sunsets from its vantage point. Wildflowers abound here in spring and summer, and the typical wildlife of the Sierras may be spotted both along the trail and from atop the ridge. Bears, mountain lions, elk, deer and moose are among the most prominent, but smaller critters and many birds make their presence known as well. 

Not all of Mammoth Lakes' trails are open to puppers because of safety or difficulty issues, so be sure to check with a ranger before heading out. Enjoy your adventure at Mammoth Lakes!

Trail Features
Ice, Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, Diverse Landscape, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
When snow arrives at Mammoth Lakes, the risk for avalanches becomes higher. Be aware of signage prohibiting travel on some trails or in some meadows and basins, and check with rangers for predictive information. Bears and other large animals make their homes at Mammoth Lakes, so be prepared in case of an encounter.
Address
Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Hours
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Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours