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2018 Mammoth Mountain Pond Skim

The 2018 Pond Skim at Mammoth Mountain was a blast! Every year at Canyon Lodge closing day the annual Pond Skim attracts some crazy people in crazy outfits and is fun for the whole family. Contestants line up to take their shot at crossing the 100ft pond on skis or snowboard. Don't worry just because Canyon Lodge is closed, Mammoth Mountain will still be open for some great spring skiing. When you live in Mammoth, Life is always good! Let me, #MaggieLarsonMammoth help you pursue your dream of owning your own home in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Check out all the properties available for sale and my luxury long term rentals on my website. Happy Spring.

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Fishing in the Eastern Sierra may make you want to buy a home here!

Fishing in the Eastern Sierra may make you want to buy a home here! 

Fishing in the Eastern Sierra is world class. If you are an avid fisherman looking to live where you can do what you love, contact Maggie Larson Mammoth with Resort Property Realty to find out just how close you can live to the action. Real estate in Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, June Lake, Lee Vining and Bridgeport all offer incredible fishing opportunities. So if you want to be close to the hot spots purchase your next home from Maggie Larson Mammoth. Eastside hot spots include the Lower Owens River, Upper Owens River, Hot Creek, Crowley Lake, Convict Lake, The Mammoth Lakes Basin, June Lake, Gull Lake, Grant Lake, Silver Lake, Rush Creek, Virginia Lakes and Bridgeport Reservoir. Call (855) GO-MAGGIE for more information on real estate in Mammoth Lakes and the entire Eastern Sierra!

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your New Home in Mammoth Lakes, California


Home Maintenance Checklist – Spring Cleaning Tips

Below is a home maintenance check list offering spring cleaning tips and advice to get your home’s systems in good working order for the upcoming warmer months.


1. Have your air conditioning system professionally serviced.

2. Change/clean HVAC air filters.

3. Clear debris from around the outside air conditioner and remove the cover if applicable.

4. Inspect windows and doors to make sure they function properly. Replace if necessary.

5. Check putty around window panes and weather stripping around windows and doors. Fix as needed.

6. Check window and door screens and replace or repair as needed.

7. Check locks, latches, and hinges on your doors and windows. Replace or repair as needed.

8. Trim back trees and shrubs as needed to eliminate over hanging branches and improve curb appeal.

9. “Open” your pool for the swimming season. Make sure your pump and filtration systems work effectively and that your chemicals are balanced.

10. Pressure wash your home’s exterior and apply touch up paint as required to address paint failure.

11. Remove leaves, small branches and debris from gutters, downspouts and down-spout extensions so that water properly drains away from your home.

12. Look for sagging or otherwise damaged gutter components and repair if necessary.

13. Check all smoke alarms and C/O ( Carbon Monoxide ) detectors.

14. Turn on water to outdoor faucets. Turn on irrigation system, check sprinkler heads and make needed repairs.

15. Test...

Buy A Second Home In Mammoth, Enjoy Everything Life Has to Offer

Buy A Second Home in Mammoth Lakes, and Get The Best of Both Worlds! 

There is no doubt that surfing and sunsets are a big reason why many of us have a home in Southern California. That, despite the traffic, noise, pollution, and crowded population we can still find beauty in nature. The Eastern Sierra offers everything you love about Southern California without the downsides! The summers here offer mild-warm temperatures to escape the heat and the winters bring a whole new range of sports and outdoor activities. Owning a second home in Mammoth Lakes, is truly living the dream.

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Great Hiking, Biking, and Water Skiing in Mammoth Lakes, CA

There are great trails for hiking and mountain biking in the Mammoth Lakes area, plus there are many lakes for water skiing to get you back in shape for the winter snow skiing. Mammoth Lakes is a multi-season area where you can enjoy a full year of outdoor activities

Here are some great places to go for your hiking, biking, and water skiing pleasures during the summer.

Hiking:

There are many hiking trails into the Inyo National Forest with magnificent views. On these trails, you may discover mountain top views, crystal blue lakes, babbling brooks and streams, and quiet areas to relax. In the Sierras, there are day hikes, casual strolls to strenuous elevation changing hikes. You can also do overnight hikes but these require special permits, which have quotas for overnighters, so you need to get there early to get your permit.

Mammoth Lakes’ area provides more than seventy trails throughout the area, from strolling to challenging hikes. Here are just a few of the many hikes from easy to moderate:

Easy:

Lakes Basin Area: Off Lake Mary Road provides shorter trails near Lake George. Panorama Dome: The dome is an easy ½-mile hike that begins near the bridge of Twin Lakes. The trailhead is on Lake Mary Road past the turnoff to Twin Lakes. Rock Creek: Most of the trail is near a cold-water creek. Aspens, willows, and other foliage during an early October hike will show you spectacular colors of yellows, oranges, and reds. Devils Postpile National Monument (nps.gov/depo): A 0.4-mile hike leads Devils Postpile a unique geologic feature protected by the National Park Service. There are about eight miles of trails within the park....

Mammoth Lakes, CA: Mammoth Food & Wine Experience Scheduled

After a tough winter, we are more than ready for a summer of sun and fun. Rope off your calendars for July 11-12, 2014. The Mammoth Food & Wine Experience schedule has been announced and select ticket packages are on sale now!

Thanks to some well-deserved attention from ny.eater.com (NYC's Top Sommeliers on 2013 and the Year Ahead), California wines are gearing up for a great year. 

We always love summers in Mammoth Lakes, CA, and the Food & Wine Experience adds an extra celebration. 

Some things you can expect from the two-day event:

Best of the Burger Battle

Area chefs and their signature gourmet burgers, square off before a panel of foodies. 

Wine Walk at the Village

You'll walk through the beautiful Mammoth village sampling wines from over 12 wineries and snacking on light bites. Stick around afterward for a full meal and an 80s dance party with the always fun and outrageous, Spazmatics.

Al fresco dining and demonstrations

Learn from top chefs in how to prepare fish and game. Then, enjoy a feast of freshly prepared fish, bison, boar, and venison.

Private home dinners prepared by celebrity chefs

Special ticket packages include a meal prepared in a private home by celebrity chefs. This year's featured chefs include; ...

Mammoth Mountain: The Perfect Destination for California Hiking, Biking, and of Course Skiing, as Well as Many Other Options

Mammoth Mountain is the premier destination in California for numerous mountain activities including hiking, biking, skiing, and much more. 

However, while Mammoth has gained increasing popularity in recent years as a summer vacation destination, due to the gorgeous scenery, the amazing hiking, and the world class level mountain bike trails, Mammoth is still most notoriously known as arguably the best skiing location and all around winter destination in California.

 

If you have never visited Mammoth, you may be wondering what makes this particular vacation destination so special; in short, Mammoth mountain is the perfect, and perhaps the most beautiful, ski destination. At an elevation of over 11,000 feet, Mammoth Mountain is the highest destination for skiing and snowboarding in California. What makes this location particularly unique, and what leads to its popularity among skiers and snowboarders worldwide is its: 3,100-foot vertical skiing range, its 3,500 skiable acres, and the fact that its average winter season lasts from November until June.

 

Another aspect of Mammoth Mountain that makes it such a popular winter destination is the wide variety of activities that are available for those who are not interesting in skiing or snowboarding. Alternative winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and tubing as well as various other snow centric activities.

 

Then of course, no skiing destination is complete without nightlife activities, which Mammoth has many options for. Whether you want to go for a fun beer tasting at the Mammoth Brewing Company’s tasting room, or if you are in the mood for a fine dining option such as Petra’s Wine Bar and Bistro, there are options for every mood and style; and of course, there are many more dining options....

Mammoth Lakes, CA: Spend the Day Ice Skating with the Kids

When you were a child, did you long to ice skate like Dorothy Hamill or Scott Hamilton? If so, you may want to spend the day in Mammoth Lakes.

The Eastern Sierra Mountains are home to a wonderful outdoor ice skating rink~

You may want to think about starting your family’s outing at Toomey’s Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Located in the village on Minaret Road, it opens daily at 7 a.m. They serve such great dishes as coconut mascarpone pancakes, egg sandwiches, fruit laden oatmeal and island-style French toast. The beverages are also flavorful and hot.

From there, bundle up and head on over to the outdoor Mammoth Ice Rink. Located on Sierra Park Road, it typically opens during the winter months at 9 a.m. and closes in the late evening. However, public skating hours do vary based on the weather and special events. So it’s best to call ahead.

Once there, you’ll be able to rent pairs of skates or have the rink’s crew sharpen your own for a modest fee. Ice skating lessons and light refreshments are available onsite too. Because it is such a well-maintained ice skating rink, we’d suggest planning on spending several hours enjoying the facilities with your family.

When you are finished ice skating, consider stopping by the Mammoth Lakes Library. It’s located next door and tends to open around 10 a.m. Special programs are offered throughout the year. So depending on the schedule, you may get to enjoy one while you are there.

In addition, you could check-out a few ice skating books to read with the kids. Books that the kids may enjoy are Andrew Breakspeare’s Skating with Bears and Rachel Isadora’s Sophie Skates. Both are geared towards young children and listed in the Mono County Free Library’s card...

Mono County’s Winter Gems: Spotlight on June Mountain

It’s almost time to dig out your gear, slap on some board wax and head towards one of Mono County's winter gems. Yes, we are talking about June Mountain. Located in June Lake, it is 500+ acres of pure skiing nirvana. 

Word has it that the mountain will reopen to visitors on December 13th.

With that said, consider starting your day at 8 a.m. with a chair lift ride to the June Meadows Chalet. It’s a great place to survey the breath-taking mountain views over hot coffee and palate pleasing muffins. It will also give you time to come up with a game plan.

The mountain itself features a 10,090 foot summit elevation, a vertical rise of 2,590 feet and 35 named trails to choose from. If you have skiing skills on par with Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller, the expert trails may prove to be your best bet. They include Gulf Canyon and the Powder Chute. Of course not all of the trails are geared towards experienced skiers. There are beginner and intermediate tracks too.

There is also an award-winning terrain park on offer. You may have read about the park several times in TransWorld Snowboarding magazine. In 2012, it was listed in three of the magazine’s Top 10 categories (resorts, parks and pipes). If you do decide to head towards the terrain park first, be sure to hit the super pipe. It will have you feeling like a young Travis Rice, Shaun White or Kelly Clark in no time.

Once you’ve had your fill of super pipes and powder, contemplate capping off your day with dinner. There are several places to dine in the area. One of them is the Double Eagle Resort...

California Attraction: Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

As one of the largest ski resorts in California, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort spans more than 3,500 acres of territory near the Inyo National Forest. 

Located along the northern side of Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Mountain range, this ski resort is less than an hour’s drive from Yosemite National Park. Although it is well known for skiing and snowboarding, there are actually a host of activities available that draw visitors in year round.

During the summer, the Adventure Center provides activities including rock climbing, a bungee trampoline and zip line. Mountain biking is also popular, and the resort offers a practice loop and skills development area for riders so that they can perfect their technique.

The Scenic Star Golf Course also provides spectacular views from each one of its 18 holes. Situated 8,000 feet above sea level, this course provides intriguing play for athletes of all skill levels. Special training programs are available for children, as season passes can be purchased at the resort as well.

That’ s not all you can enjoy during the summer, as horseback  riding, fishing and hiking are all popular activities here as well.  After taking in some strenuous outdoor recreation, kick back and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the many restaurants here before heading to back home for a restful night’s sleep.

During the winter, you can take in activities ranging from snowmobiling, snow tubing, cross-45 country skiing and snowboarding.  The resort receives as much as 400 inches of snowfall each year, making it ideal for visiting anywhere from November to June. It is also home to a super duper pipe, a 22-foot high, 550-foot long stunt tube that attracts...

Dining Out in Bishop, CA

Bishop, CA is a rock climber's paradise, and its beautiful setting in the Eastern Sierra has drawn lovers of the outdoors for decades.

When Bishop folks need to fuel up for their next adventure, they don't have to look far to find a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

For a delicious breakfast and friendly service, Jack's Restaurant is the best place to start your day.  Comfort food favorites like chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy are sure to please, and best of all, you can come back for lunch and dinner.

The casual setting of Raymond's Deli Shop is perfect for a lunch out with friends.  The regulars love their stacked sandwiches--especially the Italian Stallion and the Reuben--as well as their soups and salads.  This laid-back deli is an ideal stop for a tasty, filling lunch that's easy on your wallet, too!

Searching for a great happy hour?  Look no further than Whiskey Creek, located just off Bishop's main drag.  They offer half-off specials on several menu items, including their delicious sliders.  Nothing tops off a day of climbing like enjoying a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail on the lovely patio.  Cheers!

Yamatani restaurant is truly a Bishop icon. Established in 1984 by the Tani family, Yamatani has brought the best sushi and Japanese cuisine to California’s eastern high Sierra. Join us for an evening in the sushi bar or dine with family and friends in the restaurant....

Stay Active in Mammoth Lakes: Top Trails For Hiking, Biking and Skiing

Thank you for the beautiful photo Jeanette Bond

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are known for their alluring beauty -a scene that creates the perfect setting for wilderness adventures and endless family and individual fun. 

The rugged terrain is ideal for thrill-seekers who love hiking, biking, and skiing, three of the most popular outdoor activities in California. We'll take care of finding a place to stay, but finding the right trail during your stay can be more difficult. We know that vacation and traveling should't be stressful, so we sought out the best trails in order to help you get the most out of your adventure.

A great place to start searching for biking and hiking trails is a trails database called mammoth trails. Here you can find detailed information about the trails around Mammoth Lakes. Trail difficulty, length and accessibility are all included, making it a quick search to find what you're looking for. The map feature makes it easy to find trails within a close distance from where you are staying, something valuable in a vast landscape.

Another great site for locating trails is the National Geographic sponsored site, AllTrails. This has a similar setup to the previously mentioned site, yet is more user-friendly in that it allows users to add reviews and pictures.

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is the largest bike park in the Western United States, with 80 miles of mountain paths. Open to the public, the bike park is great for all types of bikers; young and old, experienced and novice. The variety of trails makes it a popular spot for families...

Spend The Weekend In Mammoth Lakes To Wine & Dine At The Mammoth Festival

When you make your home surrounded by the hustle and bustle of an urban lifestyle, what better way to spend a weekend than by getting out of town, coming up the mountains and leaving the chaos behind?  Even if only for a weekend, you will be renewed and relaxed by the experience.  The Mammoth Festival offers a wonderful weekend getaway that also includes an unforgettable culinary experience.  

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us here the weekend of August 15th to the 19th 2013, for a celebration of wine and food.  You will also enjoy live musical performances by such famous names as Chris Issak who will take the stage on Saturday from 6 to 9 in the evening.

  • Thursday

The Winemaker Dinners are not to be missed.  You can look forward to 5 or 6-course gourmet meals paired with the perfect wines.  The dinners take place at the Parallax Restaurant and the Lakefront Restaurant at Tamarack Lodge.  Imagine your quiet, relaxing dinner while enjoying a view of a stunning mountain sunset as you dine.

  • Friday

The Village at Mammoth, along with the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation will host the Wine Walk In The Village.  You will be able to sample wines and listen to live music as you enjoy the cool, mountain air. The Wine Walk takes place from 6 to 9 PM.

  • Saturday

Saturday is the day of the Grand Wine Tasting where more than 40 wineries will offer tastings and you will find the most amazing and unusual arts and crafts that are only featured here...

Leading the outdoor life in Bishop, CA

Where can you find the ski resorts at Mammoth Lakes to the north, the gorgeous scenery of Yosemite National Park to the east, and the grandeur of Death Valley to the south?  The rugged little town of Bishop, CA is centrally located in the Owens Valley, within a couple of hours of each of them. If that isn't enough to grab your interest in this rather hidden corner of North America, consider the multitude of activities this valley has to offer.

Bishop, nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, was named for one of it's first settlers, Samuel A. Bishop.  During the 1860's, when gold mining camps in the area began to require large amounts of beef, Samuel Addison realized that the Owens Valley was a great area for cattle raising.  It also had the great benefit of not having to drive herds of cattle across the mountains from the San Joaquin Valley to serve the miners. The travels of many of the west's most well-known explorers passed through Bishop, including Jedediah Smith, John C. Fremont, and Kit Carson.  

In the early 1900's, much of the ranch land was purchased for water rights and the water from the Owens Valley was diverted to the growing city of Los Angeles via the Los Angeles Aquaduct.  Today this city-owned land is used for many types of recreation including camping, hiking, hunting and fishing in the Owens River.

While Bishop has had it's ups and downs, today it is the center of outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, birdwatching, rock hounding and so much more.  It's central location makes it accessible from north or south along good roads.  With hotels, restaurants and the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, it's easy to...

Hiking, Biking & Skiing In Mammoth: Adventure Awaits

When your home in Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains, living an active life full of outdoor adventures is a forgone conclusion.  The forests, lakes and mountains will tug at you to come out and play.  You will find amazing alpine lakes and numerous trails through the forests that offer opportunities for hiking, biking and fishing, all just minutes from your front door.  Of course, Mammoth Mountain is very well-known for it's amazing skiing on over 400 inches of snow a year, on average.Sierra Wave

If you have a chance to come and explore this area, here are some suggestions for adventure to get you started.

  • HIKING

Minaret Vista Trail

From the Mammoth Mountain Inn, this trail is a 3 mile round-trip, moderate hike, through the pine forest and across a ridge covered with volcanic pumice stone.  Your descent into the Reds Meadow Valley offers some of the most incredible scenery in the whole area.  On this hike you will be treated to views of the granite spires of the Minarets and Mt. Banner, which is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.  Access in the winter requires a snowmobile or snowshoes.   

Twin Lakes Trail

For a more challenging hike, this trail is 5 miles long, one way, so you can consider this a day hike.  You can take a stroll along the forested trail and enjoy views of the scenic Lakes Basin.  You will also see the natural arch formation at the "Bottomless Pit" at Twin Lakes.  Be sure to take photographs of the spectacular view at the Seven Lakes lookout point.

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Golfing In Mammoth Lakes, CA: Tee Off At 8000 Feet

Sierra Star golf course and Snowcreek golf course bring incredible views of  The Sherwin Mountains and Mammoth Mountain to your game.

Golfing at higher elevations offers it's own unique challenges and rewards. Playing on the Mammoth Lakes golf courses also means a visually stunning golfing experience surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Professionals and new golfers alike will enjoy improving their skills on our great courses.

Because these courses are situated at the highest elevation in the state of California, they draw their fair share of golfers from around the state.  They come for the challenge, but they linger over the stunning views of the White Mountains, The Sherwin Mountains and Mammoth Mountain that make for an amazing background to your game.  

Sierra Star Golf Course

Known to be a challenging 18-hole, par-71 course where you will play amongst beautiful lakes and on fairways lined with mature trees that will make for a peaceful day on the links.  At this elevation you can expect the most amazing blue skies, mountain views everywhere you look and even views of various mountain wildlife that frequent the area.  You could see a bear fishing at a stream or a doe and fawn standing at the edge of the green admiring the view.   

Snowcreek Golf Course

This 9 hole, par-35 course is designed to accommodate golfers of all abilities and is located in the visually spectacular Mammoth Meadows.  Here, you will play surrounding by the gentle babbling of the brook that winds it's way amongst the wildflowers that blanket the ground to the horizon. The Sherwin Mountain Range and Mammoth...

Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Bike Games

Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Bike Games

Shout out to Wayne Croasdale former World Champion winning his downhill Championship on the world renown Kamikaze downhill course racing for Specialized. See you there ~
This summer, we are going back to our roots and hosting a four-day bicycle extravaganza called the Kamikaze Bike Games. From the highly acclaimed High Sierra Fall Century to the world famous Kamikaze mountain bike race, if you like to pedal, Mammoth is the place to be this September. Get all the deets and register here: http://www.kamikazebikegames.com/
Photo: This summer, we are going back to our roots and hosting a four-day bicycle extravaganza called the Kamikaze Bike Games. From the highly acclaimed High Sierra Fall Century to the world famous Kamikaze mountain bike race, if you like to pedal, Mammoth is the place to be this September. Get all the deets and register here: http://www.kamikazebikegames.com/

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Bishop and The Mammoth Area's Legendary Trout Fishing

Mammoth Lakes and Bishop CA offers many streams for fishing in the Eastern Sierra.  Welcome to trout fishing at it's finest!  Whether you love the physicality of fly fishing or the absolute laziness of shore fishing with a bobber and Power Bait, Inyo County offers many beautiful mountain lakes and streams that will please every member of your family.  Located on the east side of the Sierra's, the county line even encompasses Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the nation at almost 14,500 feet.  These waters are the epitome of high-altitude fishing.

This area gets some very heavy snowfalls, the Mammoth Ranger Station lists the average annual snowfall at just about 200 inches.  This snowmelt each year is what feeds the streams and rivers with some of the purest water you can fish.  There are so many streams and lakes to choose from and they all promise the possibility of landing a trophy trout.

Chickenfoot Lake

This is a great lake to make camp because there are so many other lakes within a close area that you can also explore.  The area is known as the Little Lakes Valley and includes Long Lake, Heart Lake and Box Lake.  There are even a few nameless lakes to be found off trail but pay close attention to the signage as the Parks Department often works reclaiming habitat in this area.  At Chickenfoot Lake you can fish from over a mile of shoreline for Brook or Rainbow Trout.

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Mammoth Lakes and the New Year

Happy New Year from Mammoth Lakes CA

First I would like to wish everyone a warm and safe winter while enjoying plenty of snow here in Mammoth Lakes, CA. I am very excited to end 2012 with a bang here in the Eastern Sierra. Reaching for new standards, our team at Resort Property Realty, Inc is here to assist you with all your real estate needs servicing Inyo and Mono counties.



It thrills me to have fresh ideas and new goals for 2013. This past year I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful new clients & friends both locally and afar. It has refreshed my spirit to present innovative and creative ideas to buyers and sellers in our local marketplace. It is always a pleasure to welcome new faces here in the Eastern Sierra. Get out today and enjoy the day with family and friends at the world renown ski resort Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

Mammoth is off to a roaring start boasting the most open terrain in the US. Out last storm dumped 4-6 feet of new snow, Mammoth Mountain will be opening 100% this Friday, December 7th.



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Raising Kids in the Eastern Sierra

Bishop California is a picturesque town nestled at the base of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The surrounding area has a population of approximately 11,000 residents and sits at an elevation of 4,147 feet. Bishop is a popular destination point for recreational enthusiasts including, rock climbers, hikers, skiers, hunter, fisherman, landscape photographers, OHV riders and rock hounds. With some of the world’s most scenic views bishop has easy access to Mt. Whitney, Death Valley, Yosemite and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

With so much to do on any given day it is truly a blessing to be surrounding by God’s most beautiful creations. Depending on the ages of your children there are so many different choices available to you. Whether you like hiking, biking, skiing or fishing the Eastern Sierra has something to offer to all ages.

Imagine having the availability at any given time to jump in your car after school on a Friday, drive only minutes to evergreen forests, hike in majestic mountains, and fish in a variety of local lakes or sit in a natural hot spring with the joys of your life.

Keough’s Hot Springs is one of my favorite destinations after a long hard work week. This magnificent gem was established in 1919 and is a one of a kind experience as the largest natural hot springs pool in the Eastern Sierra.

For the more adventurous type Mount Whitney is just minutes away. Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States or the lower 48 states. The only American mountains higher than Whitney are in Alaska, which has seven higher peaks including Denali. Mount Whitney is the second highest ultra-prominent peak in the lower 48 U.S. states with 10,071 feet of prominence and the 81st most prominent peak in the world. The 10.7-mile Mount Whitney Trail, 22 miles round-trip, is the most popular route to the summit. It gains 6,100 feet (1,900 meters) from the trailhead...