Eastern Sierra and Mammoth Mountain Mountain Bike Report

Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking Report

May 10th, 2022 – It’s prime time for Spring Mountain Biking now from the lower elevations of Mammoth Lakes all the way down to Bishop.

Trails in the high country above 8200 should start to melt out rapidly as the area starts to warm up again by this Friday.

For those of you who love the Bike Park, there will be some lift-served action there starting Memorial Day Weekend. Runs expected to be open will be from chair 4 down.

Snowman

Mammoth Lakes Area: You can ride out along Sherwin Road and the Mammoth Creek Road all the way out to 395. The roads are firm and not all dusty and dry.

There are a few wet and muddy spots on the Sherwin road, so be ready. This is a good time to ride these areas before they get dusty from the summer crowds and warmth.

Shady Rest is ready to ride, you will find a few patches of snow on the upper sections of the Knolls Trails with the lower areas melted out for the most part now.

There are also construction crews in the area of Shady Rest, so if you ride the Saw Mill Cut-off road, you might hit some construction crews and traffic.

Toms Place Area: Taking a look at what you can ride now, Lower Rock Creek Canyon is in great shape and is wide open for a ride, do watch for hikers and dogs on the trail.

Sand Canyon is still under snow in the upper sections and Wagon Wheel is ridable.

Over on the Sunny Slopes side, all the dirt roads are melted out and open for a ride. I hope to create some routes on one of the mountain bike apps in this area sometime this year.

For now, it’s just a maze of roads that gets a bit confusing, but worth a ride before it gets to be hot and sandy.

Bishop Area – All roads and trails are open in the Bishop area.

White Mountain Road is open as are all the funky trails in that area. Also to note this area gets direct mid and late-day sunshine so ride here early or it will be hot.

For the best single-track action right now, of course, Chipmunk Canyon is King with several miles of climbing, downhill action, and cross country style riding. 

You will find Chipmunk Canyon at the end of Barlow Lane in West Bishop. All the trails in this area are unmarked, however, you can see them on the Strava app.

There are some other really fun rides near Bishop that I plan to list here in the future.

Bald Mountain Area: Open and 95% clear

Inyo Crater Area: Open and 95% clear

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – Look for the park to open the Friday before Memorial Day with at least the trails out of Canyon and Eagle ready to go.

Everything else depends on the weather over the next 2 weeks. I would expect you won’t be riding off the Top until late June at least if not longer now.

Ride-On everyone, Snowman…

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