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Shuttle-Friendly Trailheads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin

Getting around Mammoth Lakes Basin is probably even more hassle-free than you might imagine, all thanks to the Lakes Basin Trolley system that runs throughout the summer months. You can simply book a tour and get taken all around, learning the history of this quaint mountain town. It certainly makes getting out of your lovely Mammoth Lakes rentals even more alluring! Just check out the trailheads you can get to by shuttle.

The trolley runs from July 1 to September 29, 2020 and will go from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can get to most of the Lakes Basin lakes, and the trolley has a bike trailer attached so you can bring your bike with you. 

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Reds Meadow And Devils Postpile National Monument

Get ready to depart from your Mammoth condos! There is a Reds Meadow Shuttle that you can take during the summer to access this trailhead or the ones at Devils Postpile and Agnew Meadows. Head over to the Mammoth Adventure Center or The Village at Mammoth to get on board. Reds Meadow has a bunch of different trailheads you can take, and the variety pays off in stunning scenic views. Rainbow Falls makes for an easy hike. Before heading out, stop by the packing station in Reds Meadow to gather any supplies you might need.

Looking for something a bit more arduous? Try Devils Postpile National Monument. This monument was proclaimed as such in 1911, and this formation is well worth the hike. This is a rare geologic shape that towers up to 60 feet above the ground.

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Board the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle bus for free between Stop 10 at Reds Meadow Resort and Stop 1 at Agnew Meadows. Tickets can be purchased near Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, right by the Mammoth Lakes lodging. This shuttle takes you to any of the ten bus stops along the way, including the one for the trailhead to Devils Postpile.

You can also see Rainbow Falls by way of the Devils Postpile Trail, which is six miles long and very well-traveled while in season. The hike from the main trailhead to Devils Postpile is only one mile with about 40 feet of elevation change, so making the extra trek to see Rainbow Falls will definitely be worth it.

Agnew Meadows

Part of the Pacific Crest Trail, a hike along the Agnew Medows trail is an exciting one. The trailhead is just west of Mammoth Lakes and makes for easy access to Mt. Ritter, the Minarets, and Banner Peak. You will have to take the shuttle from Mammoth Mountain Inn to Devils Postpile to get there via Minaret Road.

For those who enjoy camping, there is a campground at the trailhead. It is an ideal setting to take the family for a few nights if you feel like you need to get out and sleep under the open sky.

Mammoth Lakes Basin is host to many trailheads, so do not relegate yourself to exploring just one of them. Plan ahead and know which trailheads you want to hit and when. They all offer spectacular sights, and many can be accessed via shuttle. A trip down any of these trails is the perfect way to spend the day with the family, your friends, or simply hiking by yourself, enjoying every ounce of nature you experience. Now that you have hiked some of the best trails in the area, be sure to try kayaking in Mammoth Lakes on your next adventure!

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