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Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles! Plus Photo Essay

July 11, 2016

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles! Plus Photo Essay

 We recently did a road trip from Los Angeles to Mammoth Mountain and were simply amazed by the beauty of this state. This 300+ mile trek can be done in one day as a day trip from LA or a weekend or longer excursion and it is an easy, scenic drive the whole way. 

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles!  Photo Essay

Even though we have seen so much of the world in our decade long round-the-world slow travel, we still find California one of the most beautiful places on this earth.

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles! Photo Essay, Flag

We've seen much of California over the years, driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, up to Napa, Sonoma,  Mendocino, Humboldt, and south to San Diego and into Mexico, along the gorgeous coasts like Big Sur and inland to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, Yucca Valley and more. 

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles! Beautiful Mountain Photo Essay


But some how, we'd never done this drive and it is a stunning one. 


Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles! California Photo Essay


We went to film a new music video for Mozart's new original song "Fade Away", so despite it being gorgeous, warm summer weather in California, there was still snow on the mountain top and people skiing. We needed some snow scenes and as always we were up for an adventure. 

One can take the Golden State Freeway to the Antelope Valley Freeway toward the Mohave Desert. One sees mountains, flat desert, high desert and through Red Rock Canyon and onto Highway 395 through Owens Valley. Soon you are in Lone Pine which is closest to Mount Whitney which is the highest point in the continental USA at 14494 feet.  

driving from Los Angeles to Mammoth

California and Mammoth Mountain is one of the few places on earth where one can snow ski on the July 4th weekend! 


Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles!  Photo Essay

Also one of the few places on earth where you can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon..both in just one day. California rocks! Mozart is lucky to be one of the few who has done skiing in Spain's Sierra Nevada as well as the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Two places you can ski and swim in the sea on the same day. 

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles!  Photo Essay


 The top of Mammoth Mountain is over 11,000 Ft or over 3368 meters. 

Driving to Mammoth lakes from Los Angeles!  Photo Essay


The pristine area of Mammoth Lakes is inviting and refreshing in every season. 

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles!  Photo Essay


 The typical California ski town is charming, delightful and easy to get around in. 

 

Driving to Mammoth Lakes from Los Angeles! Photo Essay


The lakes, forests, blue skies  and mountains are a breath-taking combination.  

Driving to Mammoth from Los Angeles!  Photo


 There is just something about mountains and nature and alpine charms that make me smile. How about you? 

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Michelle

Beautiful photos! I love nothing more than beautiful alpine-like scenery, summer or winter!

Marjorie Loup @ Writer

Hi,

What a beautiful place ! It must be so funny to go swim and ski the same day :) California seems to be one of the most beautiful place in the World and my best prefers one in USA.
I live in the Alpes in France, near Switzerland, and it is one of the most beautiful place in France ;) We cannot ski on Joly, or maybe only on Mont-Blanc but now we can go and walk on the mountains and we have so many lakes !
Kind Regards

marie

I love these view's, it reminds me of Banff in BC Canada. The whole west side of North America is stunning!!
Just been reading your Spanish blog as we are considering wintering in the south in a white village as well. Would it be possible to tell us of the village you stayed at as it sounds ideal.

Robyn D

Gotta ve California for its natural beauty! Just hard to get past the traffic to enjoy it, most of the time.

Robyn D

Love. Gotta love Cali. Gotta type slower.

Gordon

Surprised to see snow over there at this time of the year

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