Old Mammoth Road
Like most of the Eastern Sierra region, Mammoth Lakes became of interest to miners in the 19th century after the Gold Rush began—miners got out this far in 1877. Along Old Mammoth Road (Hwy. 203 to Main St., turn left on Old Mammoth Rd.) you’ll find a number of old mining sites.
At the height of the short-lived boom in Mammoth, about 20 different small mines operated in the area. You’ll see the grave of a miner’s wife, a stamp mill’s flywheel, and then the meager remains of Mammoth City and the nearby Mammoth Mine.
The highlight of this summertime half-day trip is the ruins of the Mammoth Consolidated Mine. You can still see some bits of the camp, housing buildings, the assay office, mill, and mining equipment. The mine shaft also appears, but do not attempt to get around the security features to head down there! Old mine shafts are unbelievably dangerous, and should not be explored by anyone for any reason.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition