Our days in Mammoth begin with a trip to the Looney Bean Coffee Roasting Co., centrally located on Main and Old Mammoth Road in the CVS shopping center. Service isn’t fast, but the coffee is quality. Dark roast for me and an Americano for Chris.
With our drinks in hand, we drive a mile down Old Mammoth road to Mammoth Creek
Road and park on the gravel parking spaces. This is the Hayden Cabin Museum Trailhead of the Town Loop. Heading east, the trail runs along Mammoth Creek.
The trail is paved with off-trail sections down to the creek and to a bridge towards the historic Hayden Cabin.
The path is flat and easy. I even just walked it with flip-flops with no trouble. The trail is popular for dog walking and biking; while a few try fishing for trout.
According the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, Emmett Hayden, a mapmaker from Southern California, acquired a summer cabin lease in 1927 from the Forest Service and “built the structure from local logs and granite, by hand, over the course of 10 summers”. Now a museum, the cabin displays historic furnishings, photos and artifacts from Mammoth’s brief gold rush in the late 1800s and the decades that followed.
One time when we were walking through, the cabin area was set up with tables and tents for a wedding. Talk about a picturesque spot to tie the knot, next to a log cabin with the bubbling creek on one side and the Sierra mountains on the other.
Overall, the loop is a level, easy hike that displays so much of Mammoth’s beauty without exerting too much effort. It’s just at the edge of the city center and a lovely walk to start your day.