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Bay Area to Mammoth Lakes

by rene82 Online Now Jul 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM

What is the quickest way to get to Mammoth Lakes from the Bay Area in late July? We are starting a backpacking trip and need to pick up a wilderness permit as close to 11am as possible before they run out. How long does it take? If we go through Yosemite, do we have to pay for entrance?

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    Re: Bay Area to Mammoth Lakes

    by Jamesr3939 Online Now Jul 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Really the only way is through Yosemite (yes, you pay) via Hwy 120 and then south on Hwy 395. Depending on where in the "bay area" it could take you 5-7 hours. Livermore to MM is five hours, alone. You might consider leaving the bay area the night before and staying around Manteca or Sonora. That way you avoid the heavy traffic in the AM and would only have a 3-4 hours drive to MM.

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    Re: Bay Area to Mammoth Lakes

    by kzapanta Online Now Jul 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    agree on both points.

    the fastest time is 1am-7am.

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