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Winter In Mammoth 2012

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Winter in Mammoth Lakes, CAAs cold weather arrives, we Eastsiders start looking for winter activities to enjoy while we’re still waiting on the snow. Rarely, a Mammoth winter starts out cold but with little snow, and the ice gets thick and glassy on the alpine lakes. This is turning out to be one of those years! Yesterday my family set out (with dog and baby in tow) to find skateable ice, preferably on a lake surrounded by beautiful mountains. We found it at Rock Creek Lake, just a short 20 minute drive from Mammoth Mountain. Nestled among towering peaks , the Rock Creek area is known for its beautiful fall colors as the aspens change to vibrant yellows. During summer this area is a virtual mecca for fishing, hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountain biking. With a pack station, 10 campgrounds, 3 trailheads (including the highest trailhead in the Sierra), a creek and lake stocked with trout, and the famed “Pie in the Sky” cafe, Rock Creek is the perfect destination for the family that loves the outdoors. Yesterday, however, it was the scene of an impromptu hockey game, lots of laughter, and a lakeside barbeque. As I skated on the frozen lake surface as the clouds above the mountains turned pink in the sunset I couldn’t help but think that we had pulled off the perfect “Sunday Fun-Day!”

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