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 Post subject: Input from Locals or Know-it-Alls
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:13 am 
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I have an 8 year old daughter. She specifically asked to take a summer vacation in Mammoth Lakes this year (over Hawaii). So next week we are in Mammoth. She asked to do the following-

1. Fish on a lake from a boat. Which lake? In past, we fished on June from a pontoon. She loved it. Something similar on a different lake with trees and peaks would be nice (i.e. not Crowley type lake). We would need to rent gear. Do places rent fishing gear (not fly fishing gear)? Or maybe Jeff (aka OGT) wants to join us and take us out again?

2. Kayak on a lake/river. Where? How about Gull lake?

3. Go on a hike in the woods along a stream or lake, or to a panoramic view, and have a picnic. In past, we hiked Parker lake. Something similar would be nice, but less distance. Two miles each way would be around the distance we are looking at.

4. Ride a horse. No clue here. Suggestions?

We also plan on doing rainbow falls and Devils post pile. She liked the earth quake fault and trees in that area. Any other ideas for an athletic 8 year old girl that likes outdoors, dirt, fishing, etc???

Any suggestions? Thank you for input.

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 Post subject: Re: Input from Locals or Know-it-Alls
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:56 pm 
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1. Rent a pontoon boat at the Pokonobe Lodge/Marina on Lake Mary. They rent fishing rods, but sell bait in their store. (OGT lives in Tahoe now.)
http://pokonobemarina.com/marina/

2. See above. They also rent kayaks. Or you can drive to the June Lake beach and rent from Mammoth Kayaks...they have SUP's, too. That's where I've been taking my inflatable kayak this summer and you can't beat the views and the warm water.
http://www.mammothkayaks.com/#get-started

3. Out of Coldwater Campground behind Lake Mary, drive to the top to the trailhead and hike along the Coldwater Creek trail to Emerald Lake. A nice, short hike and the wildflowers along the creek are going off right now. Picnic up near the lake or when you come back down at one of the picnic tables near the parking lot. Restrooms are there, too. If your daughter isn't tired out after that hike, walk or drive to the upper parking lot and take a walking tour of the Consolidated Mine. (see link for this tour at the bottom of this link ->) http://www.mammothtrails.org/destinatio ... ter-creek/

4. Mammoth Pack Outfit, right up Lake Mary Road heading to the Lakes Basin. Neat rides to Red Mountain with outstanding views. Make a reservation. http://mammothpack.wix.com/mammothpack

If you go to DPP and Rainbow Falls, it's a slog of a hike for a kid (6 miles r/t if you start from the DPP lot - you can get closer to the falls further up; the bus stops in both places) with some steep rock steps in places, dusty trail and not much shade. Wear hiking boots/close-toed shoes, NOT flipflops or open sandals or you'll all be miserable. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and bug juice and wear hats. I couldn't believe how many people I passed last Thursday on my hike down there not prepared for this hike! https://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

Take a scenic ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain and hike out to the Lakes Basin overlook. Or hike all the way down the backside hiking trail back to Main Lodge (all downhill, takes about 2 hrs.) If you ride the gondi back down, be sure to get off at McCoy and exit to the right, go outside to their new Mammoth Outdoor Museum and check out all the interpretive panels and their exhibits of old gondi's, old chairs, an old QMC tram car from June Mtn., old snow grooming equipment, a snow Cat you can climb in to along with a little red Weasel you can get inside. Then walk up the marked trail to the east and view one of the snow survey stations. Continue up that trail to see more panels and some of the nicest views on the mountain. Watch for the cliffs though as you're right above Roger's Ridge!

And if those ideas aren't enough you can always go to the Mammoth Lakes Tourism website and search for more ideas. http://www.visitmammoth.com

Have a blast! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Input from Locals or Know-it-Alls
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:16 pm 
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3. The hike around Convict Lake is very nice and at the south or east end it's a nice wooden raised boardwalk through trees and over a stream. Only a couple of miles all the way around and mostly flat.

The hike along and down into the Hot Creek area is one of my favorites.

I just did Rainbow Fall and Devils Postpile this week. Still lots of water in the river and if you go past Rainbow Fall you can go right along or even into the river. There are also several pretty lakes before you get to Devils Postpile so there are tons of nice hikes down there.

If those aren't enough options you could drive up to the Tuolumne Meadows area and hike there or even swim in the (cold!) lakes.

She might enjoy seeing Bodie too even though "ghost town" wasn't on your list.


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 Post subject: Re: Input from Locals or Know-it-Alls
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:42 pm 
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Two other hikes among my favorite recommendations for "newcomers" to the area - both start at ~10,000 elevation, so it feels like you're cheating to have such great alpine scenery with such little effort:

1) Saddlebag Lake: Take the boat across, and then start the hike in clockwise fashion, go as far as you like and then go back, or you can do the complete 5 mile loop. This is a bit of a drive (40 minutes? - just before the Tioga Pass entrance). Maybe stop at South Tufa on the way home to watch the sunset. Maybe grab a bite at the Whoa Nellie...
http://www.yelp.com/biz/saddlebag-lake- ... lee-vining

2) Rock Creek out of Mosquito Flats. Go in as far as you like, and then go back.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mosquito-flat-t ... moth-lakes

3) Also, an easy canoe (maybe kayak?) out of Tamarack Lodge on Twin Lakes is a good way to check that box.


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 Post subject: Re: Input from Locals or Know-it-Alls
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:49 am 
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Thank you very much for the input. Very helpful. Much appreciated.

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