If you're a private pilot, getting to Mammoth by air can save you a ton of traffic and time -- and the Sierra views from 10,000 feet are world class. But for all the obvious reasons like wind, snow, visibility, terrain and turbulence, flying into KMMH can be challenging. I interviewed my favorite pilot tp get his top tips for general aviators. Because I'm me I've taken the editorial liberty of 'extending' his comments. Read on for his advice, my commentary, and more fantastic pics and videos of our Eastern Sierra flying fun.
Mammoth is really just a small town. Maybe this isn't obvious when you and 10 million of your besties are standing in the queue at Chair 1. But it really is true. And even though its such a small town, Mammoth partners with a ton of transportation agencies to provide some big city transport. Whether you want to get into Yosemite for a hike, to Reno's airport, or home to SoCal because your flight was cancelled, Mammoth's transportation partners can get you there.
At our properties we are lucky to have fantastic parking available -- as compared to most Mammoth properties. Sonenalp offers 2 garage spaces per condo (plus a couple extra for guests) and Apogee has a private 2 car garage plus exterior parking for 2 more vehicles. Westin also offers underground, secure parking. This kind of expansive parking is unheard of, and SO necessary in winters that can see 20 feet of snow per year.
But what do you do if even *that* amount of parking isn't enough?
One of the best benefits of our rentals is location: close to the mountain, on a very well-maintained road (you'll appreciate this on snowy days) and conveniently located very close to Mammoth's year around Trolley system stops.
Although most of our guests bring at least one car and park it in our secure garage, some guests opt to use Mammoth's convenient, free, public transport system to get around town. This is especially a good idea in winter, when roads can be treacherous and parking in town can be difficult due to snow.
I often get requests for suggestions on how to get back and forth to the airport and, like most things Mammoth, that's not a super simple question to answer.
There are a few options... Some much better than others.
This post has been updated with new maps and info. To see the most current post, click here. One of the best benefits of Sonenalp is our location: close to the mountain, on a very well-maintained road (you'll appreciate this on snowy days) and conveniently located between year-around bus stops 74 & 75.
Although most of our guests bring at least one car and park it in our secure garage, some guests opt to use Mammoth's convenient, free, public transport system to get around town. This is especially a good idea in winter, when roads can be treacherous and parking in town can be difficult due to snow pack. But in summer, its a good option too! In fact, my kids use it all the time, since they are too young to drive!
For transit maps and other info, click Read More.
Find the perfect trail using Mammoth's QR system
I often get requests from guests for suggestions on hiking trails beyond the simple trails close to Sonenalp.
But the trails system in Mammoth offers so many options, its hard to know what's best for each guest group. Whether you want to drive, climb, hike, or walk, the Mammoth Trail Systems offer limitless opportunities at every skill and fitness level.
With some 300 miles of soft-surface, paved, and mixed-surface trails the Mammoth Lakes Trail System connects to the extensive Inyo National Forest off-highway road network.
With this many options, there's something for people of all ages and interests...
For full details and link to the app, click Read More.
Mary Beth is the owner of Adventure Refined, where she offers true luxury Mammoth Lakes homes to guests. In her spare time she runs a ranch, loves a test pilot, and raises 4 boys & a 4 spoiled rotten dogs.