John Muir
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth It's the contrasts that most inspire during the warmer months in the Eastern Sierra. The almost sharp-looking granite standing watch over soft pine forests. The deep, icy lakes shimmering in the bone-warming sun. The abundance of natural life--deer, hawk, marmot, trout and bear--and the vast spaces in which that life can disappear. Conventional wisdom says you need to spend three months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to experience that grandeur. But it's accessible even to small kids who can't hike more than half a mile, let alone backpack. With a home base at Mammoth Lakes, families can experience the Sierra in all its soul-stirring, high-altitude glory, then toddle...