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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Heading into Bear - and Bike - country

My latest venture with three kids in tow is to Mammoth, http://www.mammothmountain.com/ a five hour drive north east of Los Angeles. We'll spend the next four days hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, boating.. Oh and bear spotting.

Mammoth Lakes is a relatively young town located in the Inyo National Forest, of Mono County.  The town is surrounded by acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. Yosemite National Park's eastern entrance is located just 32 miles north of town and its short 100-mile drive to the valley floor. The town occupies a site in the southern half of Mono County, a stunningly diverse region of eastern California.  Comprising 3,018 square miles, the County's area is marked by the startling contrast between its eastern and western boundaries. 

Bounded on the west by the Sierra Nevada crest, this region is characterized by its mountains, lakes, streams and forests.  Unlike the gentle, rolling escarpment west of the crest, the eastern slope of the Sierra plunges dramatically to the valley floors. 

The town of Mammoth Lakes is situated in the southwestern, mountainous region of the county,
and many of its trails, campgrounds and roads either abut or cross the crest of the Sierra. 

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