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Old 07-08-08, 06:29 PM   #1
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Biking In Mammoth ?

I have never done any real biking up in that area but I am going up for a few days and I though about going to Mammoth Mountain to mt bike ride and then some road biking around the area. Any opinions on good road routes and riding the lifts to mt bike at mammoth ?
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Old 07-08-08, 07:04 PM   #2
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Where do I start? In Mammoth a nice short road ride is to Red's Meadows and back. Out of town a popular ride is over to Tom's Place then up to Rock Creek Lake, a 9 mile climb finishing at about 9000ft. Near Boshop there is Pine Creek and the road to the lakes , North, South, and Sabrina. I think the ride to Whitmore, turning off 395 at the Green Church, is not as difficult. Hell, anywhere you ride up there is gonna be great.
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Mammoth is a cyclist's (both both and mountain) dream! First thing first, hit one of the local bike shops and ask for route maps and cycling suggestions. Remember you are at altitude and need to warm up slowly and aclimate to the thin air. I would suggest doing a "townie" ride the first day or two. Depending on where you are staying, I like to ride out towards the golf course and then over to Chair 15. Maybe go out to Twin Lakes or up to Lake Mary and over to Horsehoe Lake. A good MTB route to warm up on is do the trails around Horseshoe lake. You can also take the scenic route (towards the Mono Craters) and then ride over to June Lake and loop around. If feeling ambitious you can ride from Crowley Lake up 395 to Mono Lake and then take the back route to Lake Crowley (it's a century loop).

As for MTB riding, you can ride the mountain but I seldom do. There are just so many trails to do that are around town. My favorite starts up at the outlook parking lot (ast Mammoth Inn) where you start out viewing the Minarets (at the Ranger Station befor dropping down to Red's Meadow) and then you ride around the hill, take the trail signs and ride all the way back to town. Mostly downhill but also some challenging uphill. Finishes on the Downtown trail which is fun and twisty. You will need to shuttle riders to avoid having to ride back up hill.

I haven't ridden the mountain in a few years since they strted charging to do Paper Route. If you decide to do the mountain start out on Paper Route. It's not all that easy - a challenging fun single trail that goes from one to the other of the mountain and then try the chair lifts. I like Roller Coaster and Beach Cruiser.

Have fun. Try your hand at some hiking too. They are some beautiful hikes out of Red's Meadow.
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I've only ridden in town. It does take a day or two to get used to the altitude. It is beautiful!
I found some of the streets to be a bit rough so be aware; they take a beating from snow and the plows themselves.

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the uys at footloose are really helpful...hit them up.....the june lake loop is an amazing ride as well....just a few miles up 395.
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I just got back from there last week and I agree completely with what's been said. It is paradise up there and bikes are everywhere, you can't go a quarter of a mile without seeing someone on a MTB or a road bike. If I'm not mistaken though, there is very little under 7K elevation.
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almost all riding is "high altitude" riding....you WILL feel it. just take it easy, drink lots, and enjoy the scenery!
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Ah, Mammoth. What a fantastic place. Be sure to eat at the Good Life Cafe, they have awesome omelettes. After riding, ask a local where to find Little Hot Creek hot springs.

There was a post a couple weeks ago on road routes near Mammoth:
recommend me a route(s) near Mammoth
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