Mammoth Lakes is home to the two highest golf courses in California - Sierra Star Golf Course and Snowcreek Resort Golf Course - allowing you to add yards to your drive (or slice!). With snow-capped peaks in every direction, winding mountain streams, lush wildflowers, fairways lined with Jeffrey pines and towering red firs and the occasional white-tailed deer - you would be hard pressed to find a more stunning golf course than Sierra Star Golf Course anywhere. Snowcreek Resort Golf Course opened in 1991. The course was designed by Ted Robinson, one of America's most imaginative and innovative golf course architects who has designed more than 140 other courses worldwide.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a small island of humanity set in a vast region of public and wilderness lands, more than two million acres of it. This is the landscape that inspired John Muir and Ansel Adams, a land that can be explored on an endless number of hikes radiating out from Mammoth. Pack a lunch and head out on a hiking trail that will take you to crystal clear lakes, through dense forests and to breathtaking viewpoints in the clouds.
In summer, Mammoth Mountain's ski slopes are transformed into a mountain bike paradise. Riders of all abilities and conditioning levels can enjoy its extensive trail system. The Scenic Gondola provides uphill access for mountain bikers, along with the Bike Park shuttle, which begins at the Village at Mammoth. The park offers more than 100 miles of dirt single-track trail with a 3,000 foot descent from the summit. Mammoth Mountain Bike Park opened its newest freeride trail, Twilight Zone last summer. The highlight of this trail is "The Deep End", a nine-foot high, 50-foot wide, elevated, banked wooden bowl structure.
The last Saturday in April is a significant date to generations of anglers who make an annual pilgrimage to the Mammoth Lakes area. This is the beginning of trout fishing season in Mono County. Thousands of hardy souls take to local waters in float tubes, kayaks and boats, sometimes enduring freezing temperatures in search of their first trophy sized trout of the year. As the calendar advances more lakes and streams become accessible and the choice of fishing spots multiplies. Regular stockings of Alper's Rainbows in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and Reds Meadows waters ensure that even the novice fisherman has a fighting chance of hooking dinner. Enlisting the services of a local fishing guide will greatly improve your chances of catching fish. Don't forget all anglers over the age of 16 are required to have a California Fishing License. Single, multi day or season passes are available from any fishing store.
There are hundreds of miles of unpaved roads waiting for you in the Inyo National Forest. Take the Owens River - Hot Creek Road, the scenic Lookout Loop or the Deadman Creek Trail. There's something for everyone and roads for all levels from beginning to the most challenging. SUV's with four-wheel drive may be required for some roads. Know your vehicle's limits and use wise judgment when entering unfamiliar territory. Besides your 4WD, all you need to bring is a good map, lunch, water, camera and a sense of adventure.
One great way to see Mammoth's backcountry is by horseback. Local pack outfitters offer hour-long, half and full-day rides as well as week-long excursions into the Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness areas. A 2-hour ride, perfect for families, takes you to Heart Lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, passing by a historic gold mine and mining camp. Other favorites include the guided rides along Convict Lake, McGee Canyon, Rock Creek and Red's Meadow. Relax and enjoy the Sierra scenery while the horses do what they love. For a real old west experience you can be a working cowboy on a horse drive during the spring and fall seasons. No experience necessary - they'll show you the ropes.
Where fine food meets casual, relaxed dining.
The Restaurant at Convict Lake is widely recognized as the finest restaurant in the Eastern Sierra and a "locals" choice for special occasions.
Relax in the comfortable elegance of Chart House, a cozy restaurant located in the small Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes. Whether you are in Mammoth for skiing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, golf or just a family getaway in the cool pines, Chart House is the perfect place for a leisurely dinner.
Convict Lake Resort is a unique location to host groups from 10 to 500 people for birthday parties, anniversaries, planning meetings, conferences, special events, reunions or corporate retreats. It offers a variety of venues, accommodations, catering, coordination services, party and equipment rentals.
Where fine food meets casual, relaxed dining.
The Wawona Dining Room is well-known for its culinary excellence. Chef McFann's cuisine features an array of seasonal specialties as well as traditional favorites, including Pot Roast, fresh Trout and a sumptuous grilled Flat Iron Steak. Also, be sure to try some of his delicious Green Chili soup.
Located at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. The menu is equally impressive, featuring sizzling steaks, fresh seafood and tasty pastas. The chef's specialties include local, organic and seasonal preparations including sustainable fish and seafood in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch List. The Mountain Room Restaurant is open year-round. The Mountain Room Lounge offers a relaxing mountain-themed atmosphere perfect for unwinding at the end of the day. Sip a cocktail and savor light appetizers from classic old hickory furnishings.