BY: JONATHAN MURRIETTA
Cal State Long Beach students staying local this summer have an excellent chance to try new adventures and experience the pristine locations this beautiful state of California has to offer. Of course the beach is always a fun and popular destination for college students in the summer, but living in Southern California offers unique opportunities for the “burnt out” college student looking to get a taste of adventure. Mammoth Lakes, Calif. is just a few hours outside Los Angeles County. CSULB students wanting to get away from it all, and tired of hanging out at the beach this summer will find serenity, tranquility and peace at California’s tallest skiable peak.
Summer activities include mountain biking, zip lining, rock climbing, backpacking the stunning 2 million acres of National Forest wilderness, fishing for gorgeous trout in the tranquil lakes and streams, and even getting close to nature on horseback. A gondola ride up to the 11,000 ft. peak provides breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with Yosemite National Park in plain view.
Mammoth Lakes is also the perfect getaway for the college fishing enthusiast, where beautiful rainbow trout are in season. The lakes are stocked weekly, and the latest fishing reports say the fish are as hungry as ever. Fisherman are reeling in healthy size trout everywhere from Bishop Lakes, Virginia Lakes (near Bridgeport, about an hour outside of Mammoth lakes) and even in Mammoth Lakes itself. No doubt, fishing in the Sierras this time of year is both relaxing and thrilling.
For those looking to celebrate, Mammoth Lakes hosts countless festivals aimed at providing a good time to its tourists and vacationers. The annual “Beers andBluesapalooza Festival” features some of the best blues talent and breweries in the nation.
This summer, hop on Highway 395, and have some summer fun in the Sierras. For more information, check out visitmammoth.com.