Explore the best trails near Mammoth Lakes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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This hike is great! I really like how you park, buy a shuttle ticket at the ski resort and the bus takes you on a huge loop around the park. There are many short hikes you can elect to do, just hop off at the stop( they give you a map at the ticket window). When your hike is complete, just wait for the bus to haul you out or to the next trailhead.
Devils post pile is one of the hikes and it's a great one! Once you reach the post pile, continue down the trail to Rainbow Falls. When your done, head up the hill to the bus stop. There is a store and restrooms.
It's a cool hike that's on a well used trail.
Only a serious novice would find this challenging due to well placed switchbacks and gentle grade. Trail provides good views of the valley and of Crystal Crag. With snow on the ground you rely on tread from previous hikers, but the trail is decently used so we didn't have trouble navigating. Starts with full sun exposure then heads into the trees before being exposed again near the peak.
Excellent hike with a dog that likes to run and explore.
Moderately challenging hike for novices but with plenty of overlooks to stop at. And the payoff at the end is so worth it. The lake surrounded by mountains lets you forget about whatever world you left at the base. If there is snow on the ground be prepared for slippery parts.