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hiking trails in mammoth

We will be visiting in August and will be there for a week. I am looking for relatively easy day hikes that we can do. Haven't been to the area so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: hiking trails in mammoth

There are so many wonderful hikes in the area.

I am assuming by what you mean easy day hikes means interesting places to visit, no rigorous mountain climbing?

Of course, do go to Devils Post Pile. From there you might want to hike to Rainbow Falls area.


Take the tram to top of Mammoth Mountain and see the views from there.

Drive up to June Lake Loop (short drive from Mammoth Lakes) and take the hike at Parker Lake...


An interesting day hike is also to hike one of the Mono Craters...


Its a more moderate hike...but something to consider.

Other Mammoth lake hikes to consider...


Since you're from San Diego, you might want to take it a bit easy the first day or two to adjust to altitude...

Its a beautiful area. Have a wonderful trip!

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2. Re: hiking trails in mammoth

We like the TJ/Barrett Lake trail out of Lake George. They are super shoert. OUt of Barrett you can take anothe rtrail to Emerald LAke & Skye Meadows.

Also when you finish looking at the Devils postpile, cross the bridge and go right to Minaret Falls. It can be hot & dusty in the afternoon but the cool water is so refreshing. THe water is so cold you actually have to force yoruself to keep your hands or feet in. Our kids have contests to see who can do it the longest!!

Like mini says go to Rainbow Falls. Some people go out of the Devil's Postpile buit we always take the Red's Meadow trail. We also go to the lower falls.

DH is doing Duck Pass trails with nephews this week. I'll let you know what he says.

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3. Re: hiking trails in mammoth

We hiked up to Duck Pass when we were there 2 weeks ago. The view from the pass was gorgeous, but I wouldn't call that hike "relatively easy"; although the grade isn't steep (until the end), the altitude and distance (around 10 miles RT) make it pretty tough.

Our favorie shorter hike around there was to Crystal Lake. TJ/Barrett (which is the second one?) is pretty too; a very short hike but quite steep at first.

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