California’s Eastern Sierra


The snowshoeing options in the Eastern Sierra are quite literally endless. Mono County covers more than 3,132 square miles of primarily public lands that are usually covered in snow all winter long.

Popular places to make tracks include:

  • Obsidian Dome: a free area off of Highway 395 with three groomed loops from easy (2.6 miles or less) to moderate (6 miles), it's the perfect spot for a winter walk (or x-c ski). 
  • Rock Creek Road (SNO-Park pass required): the snow-covered road is groomed, perfect for a beautiful trek up to Rock Creek Lake and beyond (reward yourself with a cozy meal at the snow-bound Rock Creek Lodge). 
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin: there are two options for enjoying this snowy playground - stick to the free, groomed public access "lane" up Lake Mary Road or purchase a trail pass to explore the many groomed trails of the Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center.
  • Shady Rest Park: groomed snow-covered roads and trails weave through the beautiful Jeffery Pine forest. Pick up a map from the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. 
  • Mono Lake: when enough snow accumulates, the trails around Mono Lake are available for those who like an easier walk with incredible views. Stop in the Mono Lake Committee's information store for tips and directions.   

Numerous local sporting goods shops rent out snowshoes and one of the best parts about snowshoeing is that, so long as you’re dressed for the weather and have plenty of water, just about anyone can enjoy a walk in the snow.

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