Mountain Biking Report and Information - Mammoth Lakes & the Eastern Sierra
7-1-2020 – Mountain Biking Season is in full swing here in Mammoth Lakes and over the higher elevations of the Eastern Sierra. Lower elevations are hot and if you want to ride get out early otherwise areas of above 7500 feet are the place you want to ride during July and August.
The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is open and offers you everything you could want in a bike park cross country, downhill, jumps, and lots of technical trails to ride. Snowman likes to mix it up with a cross country ride to start and them some downhill action via the lift system.
You will see Snowman parked at Canyon and at the Chair 4 outpost to start most of my rides out. First and foremost I am a cross country trail rider and not an extreme downhill, but I love both disciplines.
If you’re a family the Discovery zone is a must if your just getting started with Mountain Biking, there are some simple trail to build your skills and confidence.
Then you can jump into downtown and then the awesome ride from the top of the hill called Off the Top. Off the Top is a great ling intermediate ride from the top of the hill back to Main. It’s a great Family ride once the kids have mastered the basics.
Outside if the Park my favorite ride in the Inyo Forest is Uptown to Mountain View and then ride it in reverse back down. This is an advanced single track ride of about 12 miles in length. The first 6 miles are almost all uphill from 8000 feet up to about 9300 feet. The elevation is what makes this a tough ride from people visiting the town.
Another great ride to take is the Knolls Loop out of town, it mixed up dirt roads with a bit of singletrack. This is also a 10+ mile ride at elevations from 7500 to around 8500 feet so be ready to breathe hard if you’re not used to the elevation.
The Knolls loop ride should be down before mid-morning, the climb out of shady rest can get really hot with the high altitude sunshine beating right down on you. Once you clear the first two miles there is more shade and the heat is not an issue.
I will be updating this Mountain Bike report a couple of times a week now that we are into July. Hope to see you out on the trails of the Eastern Sierra this Summer and Fall.