Midtown Trail at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park with the Snowman
Midtown is an intermediate trail that starts right off to the side of MC Coy Station.
Just exit the building and ride off to your right and you will see the trail sign. (Hint: watch the video on this page.)
You can see the top of the trail right before the Gondola cars approach and enter MC Coy Station.
Gear Up: For this trail, you want to gear up with knee and elbow pads. If you’re bombing fast a full-face helmet is a good bet.
For an older rider who never did much downhill till now, I really enjoy the Midtown trail in the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. The trail is great for a couple of warm up laps before venturing off the other areas of the park.
The top section of the midtown trail is a series of endless turns. The bermed turns start out as mostly firm dirt and then turn into the mostly banked pavers turns in the lower top section.
After about 15 of these turns the trails open up a bit and you’re into the next section I call the Roller Coaster. You get several fast sweeping banked paver turns with a couple of dirt berms and then you fly out and across Stump Alley till you hit the service road.
Once you cross over the service road the trail becomes more cross-country and it makes its way into the unbound winter snow park area. As you cross under the Gondola the trail starts to climb up a short mellow grade for a couple of hundred yards.
Next up you will encounter the Kitty Litter (pumice) downhill section. Here you will find some mellow downhill that takes you thru several sections that have that famous lose stuff that is Pumice.
If you bomb into a section that is thick with these light-lose light pumice stones you have a good chance of crashing. Hold tight and slow down, once you get used to them they are no bother at all as I note in the Midtown trail video on this page.
The end of Midtown comes out on the Broadway run with a really fast section that heads into several banked turns that end up exiting you right at the bottom of chair 1 at Main Lodge.
This family-friendly intermediate mountain bike trail is around 3 miles long and will take you 20-30 minutes to get down if you’re just cruising with the gang.
As a side note the views from this trail are amazing so stop along the way and take a look.