Just as we were getting back and settled from our Europe trip, we headed up to Mammoth Lakes, California, which is about a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles.
We stopped by one of the Whitmore Hot Springs (near Crowley Lake) called, “Wild Willy’s” on the way up to Mammoth Lakes. It was a bit crowded and there was a bit of a party crowd there, but we got to sit in the hotter, smaller of the two hot springs for a bit among the cows grazing the field in the background. We did leave when one of the hikers pulled out a bong and started smoking pot though. I almost started laughing because he had been talking about eating healthy and dehydrating his own fruits and vegetables. I’ll probably try one of the other hot springs next time for a more peaceful atmosphere.
We checked into the Westin Monache Resort, across the street from The Village (shops, restaurants, hotels/condos), and used 12,000 SPG points per night plus we used Suite upgrade awards to upgrade to a one bedroom suite with a view of the mountains. We enjoyed the restaurant (where platinum status gets you a nice continental breakfast in the White Bark Restaurant there), pool and 2 jacuzzi tubs.
There is a lot to do in Mammoth in the summer like mountain biking, fishing, camping, free concerts and more. We took a free bus in front of the resort to the Mammoth Adventure Center and then a $7 per person bus into the Devil’s Postpile area so that we could hike the trail to Rainbow Falls – the 3 mile hike was totally worth this amazing view, and it was so refreshing to dip my feet in the cold water.
I had been skiing Mammoth for years, and never knew it was so great in the summer. I will be going back to hike, camp and fish for sure!