Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
Bikes: I don't own any bikes
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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.
Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org
and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.