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Getting from SFO to Mammoth


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Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

Planning on landing at SFO Sept 21, looking for a ride to Mammoth, need to be there by 6P.
Glad to pay for the gas and chow if you're going that way. (No smokers please.)

Please leave a msg at 704- four two five- 3 six 15. Thanks.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

You might have better luck flying into Reno. Lots of East siders travel to there and back for work/life stuff.

MacksWhineturd · · Squaw · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

What if the ride was offered by a "smoker"? You'd rather hitchhike?

Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

Well Mr. Whineturd, thanks for asking. While trapped in a can inhaling the carcinogenic poisons of other travelers in said can may be appealing -even irresistible- to some, my allergies to such poisons would indeed inspire to me to consider other options. Like fly to Reno. (Thank you Mr. Wilder.) Or other, even more creative possibilities. Now hitchhiking does sound like a fine choice, but for the limit of time I have accepted to be imposed upon me.
Seems fair to inquire of you sir... Would you be wiling to drive the 6 + / - hours from SFO to Mammoth and not smoke, out of respect for a passenger(s), hitchhiking or not?

fossana · · leeds, ut · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 12,951

There are public transportation options for at least part of the way described here for Yosemite to Mammoth and here for Reno to Mammoth.

Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0
fossana wrote:There are public transportation options for at least part of the way described here for Yosemite to Mammoth and here for Reno to Mammoth.
Thanks Fossana. That looks to be quite helpful.
Ball · · Oakridge, OR · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 70

Some of the other passengers might smell of cigarettes. He's better off walking.

Ryan U. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 40

Was just in mammoth and seen a southwest plane fly right over the top near lake george as if it was landing at Mammoth Airport. Maybe you can fly directly there?

liveit P · · Mammoth Lakes, Ca · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 330

The Reno to Mammoth bus doesn't run on Wednesdays. I would start looking into rental cars, you may have luck doing a one way rental with Enterprise, I have done it for under $100 before from Southern California.

vincent L. · · Redwood City · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 545

Shoot , no one even smokes in CA anymore , not cigs anyway ....

Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0
vincent L. wrote:Shoot , no one even smokes in CA anymore , not cigs anyway ....
That changes everything.
I'm in backwoods-ass North Caccalackie where tobacco is still considered the "State Cigarette" and hemp is grown only in "the devil's garden".
phylp · · Upland · Joined May 2015 · Points: 521

I don't know if this will be useful for this trip, but...
Alaska Airlines flies to Mammoth Lakes airport all year round from the LA area. From the east coast, a RT ticket is probably about $700, routed thru LAX.

Or the suggestion about Reno airport is a good one...
Good luck.

Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0
phylp wrote:I don't know if this will be useful for this trip, but... Alaska Airlines flies to Mammoth Lakes airport all year round from the LA area. From the east coast, a RT ticket is probably about $700, routed thru LAX. Or the suggestion about Reno airport is a good one... Good luck.
I appreciate everyone's feedback. That Southwest plane migjht have made a wrong turn, their route map shows they don't have scheduled service to Mammoth. The best idea so far is fly to Reno. It's true the bus doesn't run Wed, so I may change travel days. And I may hitchhike from Reno. It's all good.
liveit P · · Mammoth Lakes, Ca · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 330

Check out Megabus from San Fran to Reno

Mickey7 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 0

Thanks all for the helpful suggestions.
FYI, turned out flying to Reno and getting a one-way from Enterprise was the answer.
Have to drop the car off Mammoth Lakes Airport, only Enterprise and Hertz have office there.
The price was $84 one way, and the guy dealing cars at RNO did not have the mid-size I requested so asked me to drive an Expedition that needed to get to MMH. So I slept in the truck that the first nite instead of pitching the tent.

Oh, fun fact: The bus that doesn't run Reno to Mammoth on Wed, but 4 other days drops you off at McD's... I stopped at McD's on my last morning in town for gruel only to have a County Officer tell me "McD's closed down after Labor Day, didn't even tell their employees".

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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