Snowshoe Hikes Ė Panorama Dome
Take Old Mammoth Road West toward the mountains. Go as far as you can drive. The gate is closed and the road is not plowed. Park along the right hand side of the road. Remember to leave enough room between cars so that you can get out (sometimes there are lots of cars). Walk to the end of the road with your dogs and your snowshoes ready. Put on your snowshoes in a safe place and start hiking up the hill. Your path will follow the road and after about 45 minutes of hiking uphill you will intersect with Lake Mary Road. If you are tired, you can just turn around at this point and head back (itís all down hill so pretty easy).
If you want to continue on, make a right on Lake Mary road. There is a path to the far right that is legal to be on even if you donít have a pass for Tamarack cross country. Right here, your dog must be on leash in order to keep him/her off of the groomed tracks. Make another right uphill and you will see a sign from Atlas Snowshoe Company that marks the start of the trail. You will also notice a big green water tank on your right. Keep following the signs to the top of the hill. On a clear day you will have a beautiful view of town, and Crowley Lake in the distance. You can then either retrace your steps back to Lake Mary Road and back down Old Mammoth Road. Or you can bushwhack downhill and intersect with Old Mammoth Road a little closer to the bottom. Keep heading to your right in a southerly direction. Depends on your skill level, your dogís stamina and the conditions of the snow.