Eastern Sierra Webcams Bring the Views to You!
In this time of sheltering in place and social distancing, you may be pining for the stunning views the Eastern Sierra known for. But wait, you also want to be a good citizen, and observe those governmental directives for the sake of your fellow citizens and the world at large and not spread this virus.
What a conundrum you find yourself in. How to balance your desire for stunning vistas and a moral obligation to stay home? Luckily for you, there is a deep collection of webcams from around the Eastern Sierra ready to bring the views to you, in the comfort and safety of your home!
Below you’ll find links to webcams showcasing the stunning scenery of our Eastern Sierra public lands, and the I’ll share some tips for prime web-cam viewing.
- The Mono Lake Committee has some great views of Mill Creek and Mono Lake on their website.
- June Mountain Ski Area showcases views from the Chalet, and of the top of the mountain.
- Gull Lake Marina has a great view of Carson Peak from their live webcam.
- June Lake Pie features another webcam from Highway 168 in June Lake, for a panorama of the town’s skyline (scroll down the page a bit).
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s summit cam is one of the best in the biz! Enjoy a view of Mt Ritter, Banner Peak, and the Minarets from the vantage point of 11,053 feet.
- The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has a broad collection of webcams from Owens to Mono Lakes. They’re phenomenal, high-res, wide-angle, and are perfect for taking in a sunset (more on that is a second). The control panel will help you choose which cameras to view. Not you can select multiple and take in multiple views at once.
Tips and Tricks for a 5-Star Viewing Experience:
- As I mentioned, my favorite times to check in on these cameras is around sunrise and sunset. You’d be amazed how well the amazing colors come through “virtually”. Use this handy website to check what time the sun will be rising and setting wherever the webcam you’ll be watching is located.
- If you can hook your computer up to a TV screen or projector, or have a smart TV, throw that webcam view on there! It’ll create an immersive experience, and you’ll forget how many days you’ve been quarantining. Watch the sunset from the summit of Mammoth Mountain over a glass of wine from your living room. Enjoy your morning pot of tea with a view of sunrise hitting Carson Peak from your breakfast nook. The possibilities are endless. What a time to be alive!