Mammoth Lakes

Reviewing Best Western High Sierra Hotel – Mammoth Lakes, CA

  Best Western High Sierra Hotel – Mammoth Lakes, CA GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: C Room: B Amenities: B Recommended?: Yes PROS                                Nice room Great breakfast CONS Slower wifi Leaky shower curtain Problem with charges at checkout   High up at 7,880 feet, Mammoth Lakes is a beacon for both skiers and hikers alike, aspiring to embrace the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. For my family and I, it was the starting and end point of a hike to Thousand Island Lake (read about my hike here). We chose to stay here at the Best Western High Sierra Hotel…

Backpacking to Thousand Island Lake

Southeast of Yosemite National Park, nestled deep within the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, there is a lake with many islands. Thousand Island Lake, or Islet Lake as John Muir called it, is all that remains of a glacier that once stood in its place. Behind the lake are Banner Peak, reaching 12,942 feet in elevation and Mount Ritter slightly behind Banner Peak, topping out at 13,149 feet. Scattered throughout the lake are small islands, some connected and some not; this is how Thousand Island Lake got its name. What follows is my…