Taking in the beauty of Mammoth Lakes. Photo Credit: @elle.lynn.k
Three hours south of Tahoe and five hours northeast from Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes beckons not just downhill skiers, but DogTrekkers vacationing with their best four-legged friends. Whether you’re coming to the area from north or south, you’re in for hours of visual delights as you cruise Highway 395, a federally designated scenic byway skirting the snow-capped Eastern Sierra.
Driving north from SoCal, make a pit stop at Erick Schat’s Bakkery in Bishop and pick up a loaf of soft, pull-apart sheepherder’s bread to sustain you on the rest of the trip. For a good leg-stretching hike on the approach to Mammoth, grab your leash, your dog, your camera and your hiking boots, cross-county skis or snowshoes and take a saunter around Convict Lake, an achingly beautiful circle of blue rimmed by aspens and surrounded by towering granite peaks. Book a pet-friendly cabin at Convict Lake Resort and wake up at sunrise to find yourself in a pink-and-gold wonderland.
At Mammoth Mountain, 10 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails are open to XC enthusiasts with four-legged companions in the vicinity of rustic and very dog-friendly Tamarack Lodge. Snowshoe trails, also dog-friendly, are maintained separately. Also in the Mammoth Lakes area, leashed canines are allowed on 15 kilometers of trails maintained by Rock Creek Lodge.
If solitude is your preference, know that dogs, leashed or under voice control, are allowed on all trails within the expansive Inyo National Forest—and that Mammoth abounds with dog-friendly places to stay.
Photo Credit: @elle.lynn.k