Mammoth Lakes is a town in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for the Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain ski areas and nearby trails. The town is a base for Devils Postpile National Monument, a formation of basalt columns, and the soaring Rainbow Falls. To the north, saltwater Mono Lake is dotted with limestone towers. Yosemite National Park, with its granite cliffs and ancient sequoias, is nearby. Devils Postpile was closed due to all the snow this winter so we explored the lakes and nearby Lake Mono.
We took the gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain and got to explore around at 11,000 feet. It was July and they were still skiing and snowboarding in the lower part of the mountain
Lake Mono has had an interesting fight with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. They were using the water that normally feeds the lake and diverting it down to Los Angeles hundreds of miles away. Finally there was a court settlement that stated that the LA DWP could not draw from the water until the lake hit a min threshold of water. The lake is actually salty and alkaline and is critical for many migratory birds as they restock up for food as they fly thousands of miles each year.