What Is at Mammoth Mountain’s Summit?

There’s much to appreciate about Mammoth Mountain, from top to bottom. Around the base, you’ll find the easier trails. As you work your way to the top of the mountain at this popular resort, you’ll be treated to amazing views and more challenging skiing terrain. If your goal is to make it to the summit, read on to learn what you’ll find at the very top of Mammoth Mountain, brought to you by the mountain sports experts from ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for Mammoth ski rentals, high-quality hiking gear, and tips for exploring Mammoth’s grandeur.

Gorgeous Views

All you have to do is take the gondola to the 11,053-foot summit to discover why it’s worth making your way to the top. You’ll need to purchase tickets to ride the gondola, which is something you can do year-round. As you slowly and steadily ascend to the summit, you’ll see nearby sites you may wish to explore later on foot. 

Mammoth Mountain offers free gondola rides for kids 12 and under with each paid adult ticket. If you’ll be visiting and riding to the summit with children in the qualifying age range, free tickets can be picked up at on-site ticket windows.

Eleven53 Café & Interpretive Center

Once you get to the summit, check out the café perched at the top. The café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You won’t be able to get dinner here, but the breakfast and lunch menus are definitely something to appreciate. Popular menu items here include:
• Tri-tip and grilled cheese sandwiches
• Kid’s entrées—a kid’s voucher is also included, which gives younger visitors access to entrée items
• Salads featuring an assortment of tasty veggies and other assorted goodiesAt the Interpretive Center, you can learn about the history of the region and Mammoth Mountain. You’ll also be able to gain some insights into the region’s geologic history. You can also pick up maps if you’ll be further exploring the mountain when you’re done sampling the treats and eats at the café.

The Summit Sign

A sign isn’t just a sign when it’s the Mammoth summit sign. It’s a popular spot where selfies are frequently taken. It’s also where you can check out panoramic views in each direction, which you can also do at the café here.

Trails that Take You Down the Mountain

If you’re looking for a late summer/early fall activity you can enjoy from the summit before the resort opens officially for the winter season, check out the trailheads that start at the summit. The trails are clearly marked, and they take you to any point on the mountain you prefer.

Summit Gatherings

At various times throughout the year—usually in the summer or early fall—Mammoth hosts summit-focused parties. These events include a scenic gondola ride to the top along with plenty of opportunities to snap photos. You’ll also be treated to food, wine, and lots of other goodies. Check the Mammoth website for specific dates if you have plans to attend one of these summit gatherings. 

When you’re ready to climb to the summit of Mammoth Mountain, you can find everything you need at ASO Mammoth, the area’s top provider of everything from hiking gear to snowboard rentals. Mammoth visitors can rely on us for high-quality equipment and outstanding service. Stop by when you get to the mountain or give us a call at 760-965-3444 for more information.