Hot Creek Mammoth Lakes Engagement | David & Kim

April 7, 2022

This is PART 2 of a 3-hour photo session: Mammoth Mountain Proposal + Engagement photos at Hot Creek


Choosing a location for engagement photos near Mammoth Lakes isn’t easy, with so many options to choose from! Hot Creek, in Mammoth lakes, is a perfect choice for your engagement photos if you are looking for one of the most iconic views, with an accessible, easy hike. Read all about the geological aspects of the area on the Inyo National Forest site as well as the Visit Mono County site.

Here are some things to consider when going to Hot Creek:

Best Season for Engagement Photos at Hot Creek Mammoth Lakes

This is an all-year location. Summer time will likely be quite warm, but doable. Winter is epic with the snow-capped mountains, though we will need to make sure the road is plowed and not covered in snow. (In the case of snow, we would park down the road and arrange for some snowshoeing!) Spring is the sweet spot with warmer days and residual snow covering the Sierra peaks.

Being one of the more iconic view points with easy access, I suggest skipping the weekends if possible. However, crowds have never been an issue when I’ve been there.

Things to do Nearby

Hot creek is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Mammoth Lakes. Depending on the time of year, you could plan your trip around enjoying snow sports on Mammoth Mountain (like these two did), or plan to hike into the alpine if the snow has melted out. Summer is perfect for paddle-boarding, which you could do very close by at Convict Lake.

If you’re interested to get engaged, or even elope in the area, I’m happy to help suggest all sorts of activities to fill your time!