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Old 08-17-08, 10:32 PM
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Mammoth Lakes Ride Report(s)

I'm taking advantage of my best friend's largess, and occupying his Mammoth Lakes condo for the entire week. I'm up here with the girls and the dog (it is a family vacation, after all), but the riding here is just too spectacular not to bring a bike along.

We arrived yesterday late afternoon, and so today was the first full day we had. I took advantage of the girl's travel lethargy, and slipped out for a ride this morning. I told the wife to give me a 2 hour head start and then head out to pick me up as a predesignated spot.

Saddling up, I headed out in perfect weather and made my way down to US395 via CA203. Since the condo is right at 8,000' and there is precious little flat ground on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada Range, I had my work cut out for me. A quick downhill, followed by about 2 miles of 7% climbing at altitude had me panting in short order, but the 6 mile sweeping descent to 395 more than made up for it. Turning North on 395, I struck out for the June Lake Loop, some 19 miles distant. Between me and the junction of 158 is a little incline called Deadman's Summit. Achieving that, it was a nice glide down to the 1st June Lake junction.

A bottle of Gatorade and freshly baked cinnamon roll later, I headed into the June Lake Loop. This road heads into the lakes basin, skirts June, Gull, Silver, and Grant lakes, and then veers north with another sweeping downhill towards Mono Lake and US395. If you ever get the chance to come by this way, you simply must ride the loop - it is spectacular.

My timing was pretty good, as the girls buzzed me with about 5 miles to go. They took the pooch down to the lake and let him fool around for awhile, and allowed me to finish my run. After they picked me up, we had some lunch and spent the balance of the day swimming and playing in a remote little creek. What a blast. Ride totals were ~35 miles and 2,500' of climbing.

Anyway, I'll be here all week, and plan to get a lot more riding in. I'll be sure to post here with additional reports and pictures. For now, these will have to do:

US395, heading north:


Deadman's Summit:


Heading into the June Lake Loop:


Rabbit Brush:


June Lake:


Skirting June Lake - doing about 20mph:


Aspens:


Squiggles:


Some interesting rocks:


Up and over:
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Some more pics:

The squiggles, in perspective:


Descent to Mono Lake:


Part of Grant Lake:


Mono Craters:


Random mountains:


US395 - everyone's going home but me:


Looking back towards June Mtn ski resort:


Grant Lake, looking back:


The girls and the dog, having fun while I toil:


Center lane US395, descending from Deadman's Summit:
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Old 08-17-08, 10:46 PM
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Very nice!

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One of my favorite places in California. I love it in October when the aspen trees are in full fall colors.
Grant Lake seems very low again this year. There's an aspen grove across the lake that, year after year, has a couple of reddish trees in a sea of gold. The grove used to be very close to the water providing very nice reflections. The last few years the water is so low there's no chance for any reflection.
Thanks for the report. A good reminder for me to head there this fall (I missed it the last 3), this time I might bring my bike as well as my camera.

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The picts look like a bunch of mini paintings!

Jealous..I want to ride there.
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Sweet places to ride. Didn't you just have a vacation?
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
Jealous..I want to ride there.
I'm here all week. Grab a cab.......

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Didn't you just have a vacation?
Yeah....... what's your point? My whole life is a vacation.
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I'm here all week. Grab a cab.......



Yeah....... what's your point? My whole life is a vacation.
You sir, are a lucky man. Great pictures -- I dig the wiggle, but can't work out for the life of me why that isn't a straight road?
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Beautiful! Have a great time.
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Gorgeous! Good for you, have a wonderful week!!! Its a good reminder for me that I'm just over Sonora Pass from there, maybe I should go for a weekend!

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Looks like a lovely ride! Enjoy the heck out of your week in the mountains.
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Looks gorgeous BBM

I hope we get enough rain/snow this winter to fill up all those lakes.
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I'm just over Sonora Pass from there
Ouch!! That one should be a dandy to climb, specially going East.
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The June Lake Loop is spectacular! The Loop is part of the Eastern Seirra Double I do every June. Great pictures!
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Dang! You're always out riding, always on vacation and always taking great pictures.

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OMG, those are gorgeous pictures! We haven't been on the east side of the Sierras in over 10 years. I'm overdue for some aspenglow. I smell a road trip for us!

I hope you continue to enjoy your vacation >green-eyed monster eye roll<
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OMG, those are gorgeous pictures! We haven't been on the east side of the Sierras in over 10 years. I'm overdue for some aspenglow. I smell a road trip for us!

I hope you continue to enjoy your vacation >green-eyed monster eye roll<
Thank you. We make the trip at least once a year. If you've never done the Sierra Fall Century out of Mammoth Lakes, you're missing one of the premier centuries in the state. Absolutely spectacular.

Ride #2 in the books today - I'll start another thread to avoid jamming so much into this one.

Here's one from yesterday - back seat driver:

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