From Los Angeles, take the 5 freeway north to California 14 to U.S. 395.
WHERE TO STAY
Convict Lake Resort, 2000 Convict Lake Road, Mammoth Lakes; (800) 992-2260, http://www.convictlake.com, has well-equipped cabins and houses, a general store, marina and stables; one-room cabins $59 to $189, depending on season. The restaurant is considered one of the best in the eastern Sierra; dinner entrees $20 to $42; simpler fare is served in the adjoining sports bar.
Convict Lake Campground, (760) 924-5500, http://www.reserveamerica.com, in the Inyo National Forest has campsites along Convict Creek. Call ahead or check online because the campground may be closed this fall for construction.
TO LEARN MORE
Mono County Tourist Information, (800) 845-7922, http://www.monocounty.org.