Mountain Bike Report 6-15-2021

Mountain Biking out of Mammoth Lakes - May 2021 - Snowman
Mountain Biking out of Mammoth Lakes – May 2021 – Snowman


Hello everyone, the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park will be opening up G1 to Mountain Bikers starting on Friday along with Chair 16.

Until then you can catch the bike park shuttle bus from the Village up to Main Lodge. That gives you access to 27 trails for some fun downhill and cross country action.

They also have Discovery Chair 11 open serving the Discovery Park for beginners.

With the park now officially opened you need a ticket or pass from 9 AM to 6 PM if you’re going to be on any of the open trails.

Trails that are open in the park are: Adventure Trail, Big Ring (2-way), Boomerang, Brake Through (2-way), Bullet DH, Discotech, Discovery Trail, Downtown, Explorer Trail, Flow, Follow Me, Gopher Trail (2-way),Juniper, Lakes Trail, Lincoln Express (2-way), Manzanita, Paper Route (2-way), Pipeline, Ricochet, Seven Bridges, Shotgun, Skid Marks (Lower), Skills Park, Smooth Operator, Timber Ridge, Twilight Zone, Uptown. (Until Friday you’re going to have to peddle to get to some of these trails.)

I still have not been in the bike park, been out 2 weeks with a knee injury but I rode again today in the dirt so it’s time to fly again. Staring next week, I will have a weekly report from out on the hill.  

Outside of the park, there is some really good mountain biking going on up here on the East Side from Bishop to Mammoth Lakes and on up to June Lakes. Been watching some people get after it on my Strava feed.

With the heat wave moving into the area unless your riding Mammoth Mountain, I would plan to ride early in the day. Carry extra water and be ready to encounter sandy sections out there as all the service and forest roads have really dried up now.

If your going to ride down in Bishop I would be starting now no later then 7:30 AM or it’s going to be to hot to ride. I rode Chipmunk Canyon today and when I left at 9 AM it was getting close to being to hot to ride at all in the dirt.

Locals’ choice for Mountain Biking this weekend:

In the Park: Downhill Laps Via G1 since it’s been a long time.

Outside the Park: For a early morning cross country ride try the Mammoth Knolls Loop. (I would not ride this mid day when it’s 80 in town)

Lower Rock Creek Trail is a great spot for some downhill riding. (Do beware that are lot’s of hikers and uphill bike riders now using this trail.)

I hope to see you out on the park this weekend. Snowman

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Here is my May 24th Report – Last week I did the Mammoth Creek to Horseshoe Lake to Mammoth Rock Trail Loop. This loop was a mix of the paved trail system, a dirt service road, Lake Mary / Old Mammoth Road, and the Mammoth Rock Trail.

Mammoth Rock Loop Map Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Rock Loop Map Mammoth Lakes

Almost the entire loop was free of snow, with the only snow I found right up by Horseshoe Lake, the backside trail was still under several feet and you’re locked out if you want to bike thru. 

I rode the Mammoth Lakes Basin Trail in and took Lake Mary rd out to Upper Old Mammoth since there were no cars on it yet. Fun to fly thru with no one on the road during the springtime when you get a chance. 

Mammoth Lakes Basin Trail
Mammoth Lakes Basin Trai

Mammoth Rock Trail was in great shape, I did encounter hikers, dogs, and even an uphill mountain biker. Everyone was cool and looking out for each other. The trail was in great shape with no snow and no blowdowns, just clean riding from top to bottom.

This is a fun mellow trail downhill trail that just about anybody can ride. There are a few uphill sections so if you’re doing a shuttle expect to peddle up a bit. It’s not all downhill.

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