Mammoth Lakes Basin

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06 Oct: Mammoth Lakes Trail Stewards on the Duck Pass Trail

Friends of the Inyo’s Mammoth Lakes Trail Stewards just completed a few weeks of work on the Duck Pass Trail out of Coldwater Trailhead. As you’re hiking this fall, take the time to notice all of the steps and other trail structures that look new. They put a lot of careful thought into each foot of that trail. Check out pictures of the process of placing one step below:            

22 Jan: Winter Happenings

As Friends of the Inyo takes a brief hiatus from its summer stewardship and trails programs, it remains committed to its mission of preservation, exploration, and stewardship in the Eastern Sierra and is hosting a number of programs, planning, and wintertime activities. In the first two weeks of December, Friends of the Inyo hosted the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in three locations—Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and Lone Pine CA –to rave reviews and encouraging new-member turnout. Showcasing environmental and adventure films by inspired filmmakers from all over the world—the wild and scenic film festival’s parent group SYRCL (Southern Yuba River…

11 Sep: Mammoth Area Trails Report – September 11, 2013

Mammoth Area Trails Report September 11, 2013   Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends for the Inyo National Forest and with its passing the summer season seems to be coming to an end.  Parking spaces can now be found mid-day at Lake George, the Devils Post Pile is once again allowing the entry of personal vehicles and there are vacancies in the campgrounds in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.  For many people (both locals and visitors alike), this time of year is cherished. Another indicator that summer is coming to an end is the changing leaves of our…

03 Sep: Mammoth Area Trails Report – September 3, 2013

Mammoth Area Trails Report September 3, 2013   Labor Day weekend has come and gone now and left a hint of fall in the air. The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder. Smoke from the Rim Fire blew into the Mammoth area this past Friday, but that was short-lived, and the area is currently clear. With the busy holiday weekend, the Mammoth Lakes Basin was crowded, although less so than previous years due to the closure of the Tioga Pass road. Busy crowds can be difficult to avoid on holiday weekends like Labor Day weekend, when…

28 Aug: Mammoth Area Trails Report – August 28, 2013

Mammoth Area Trails Report August 28, 2013   With Labor Day coming this weekend, the symbolic end of summer vacation is upon us.  Get out and squeeze in an adventurous “last hoorah” if you haven’t already gotten back into the swing of a school schedule.  While talking about schedules and calendars, don’t forget the second California Free Fishing Day of the season, Sept. 7th.  For anglers over 16 a fishing license is required for the day but comes free of the typical one-day California sport fishing license charge of $14.61.  End summer on a thrilling note by reeling in a…

20 Aug: Mammoth Area Trail Report – August 20, 2013

Mammoth Area Trail Report August 20, 2013 Thanks to everyone who came out to the Summer of Stewardship Trail day at the Hot Creek Geologic Site this past Saturday! Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 700 and their parents who were able to come and help out improving this place. With over 50 participants,  we were able to maintain 300’ of fence, removed an old kiosk, maintained and cleared 2,640’ of pathway, painted and fixed 3 picnic tables and one kiosk, restored 300’ of redundant trails, and removed 35 lbs of trash. This heavily visited area definitely needed the attention…

13 Aug: Mammoth Area Trail Report – August 13, 2013

  Mammoth Lakes Area Trails Report August 13, 2013   Careful observation reveals hints of Fall all around the Mammoth Lakes area. Splotches of red and gold – often times just a few leaves on a single limb – dot quacking aspen groves and monarch butterflies can be seen heading south.   Despite these harbingers of Summer’s winding down, there’s still lots of Summer color out there. You just have to head up a little higher or look closer to find it.  As we mentioned last week, flowers are still abundant up around Emerald Lake. For a wonderfully fragrant display…

07 Aug: Mammoth Area Trail Report – August 6, 2013

  Mammoth Lakes Area Trails Report   August 6, 2013    This past Saturday featured another successful Summer of Stewardship project hosted by Friends of the Inyo, MLTPA and the Town of Mammoth Lakes and co-sponsored by the great folks of the Southern Mono Historical Society. Huge thanks to the thirty-seven volunteers who came out to provide some TLC to the unique historic district and structures of the Mammoth Consolidated Mine. In addition to the afterglow of good work, all volunteers were rewarded with free passes to a night of tunes in the pines at Bluesapalooza courtesy of Mammoth Lakes…

30 Jul: Mammoth Area Trail Report – July 28, 2013

Mammoth Lakes Area Trails Report  July 28, 2013  The Mammoth Pass trail from Horseshoe Lake is finally clear of all trees! A few weeks ago Forest Service crews sawed out all of the large trees left from the 2011 windstorm from the Mammoth Pass junction to Crater Meadows. This week Friends of the Inyo removed the last six trees obstructing the Mammoth Pass trail, so the trail is now completely open all the way to Upper Crater Meadows.   The four-wheel drive road north from Minaret Vista towards Deadman Pass has an impressive wildflower display along the ridge. With over 40…

24 Jul: Mammoth Area Trail Report – July 21, 2013

Summer in the Lakes Basin is in full swing accompanied by an orchestra of booming thunderclaps and whispering pine breezes.  With the great weather, flowers and warm days comes lots of fun. Just a gentle reminder that part of the fun is packing out what you’ve packed in. This week Friends of the Inyo’s Lakes Basin Steward removed over ten pounds of trash from around just part of the Lake George shore. Help those behind you notice the blooms – such as brilliant orange tiger lilies and cottonball-like ranger’s buttons – not the plastic bags. This past weekend’s third SOS…