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!