Of course, you’re saying…come summer Mammoth Mountain Ski area become the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. Yes, the entire mountain become a two wheel playground for beginners to crazy maniacs jumping off cliffs. (not me! Lol) You can ride up the trails or play the lazy man’s game and take the gondola to the top and just enjoy the downhill. The pleasure is yours.
Off the mountain, whether you are riding paved roads, mountain biking single track or taking a hybrid on the massive web of forest service roads, there are hundreds of options. I’ll name a few of my favorites but for a complete listing, I would check out easternsierramountainbiking.com
Start up Old Mammoth Road at the Mammoth Rock Trail trailhead. Providing beautiful views of the valley below this trail eventually connects to a network of connector trails that will take you to various lower locations. If you take it all the way down, you’ll end up in the Hidden lakes loop which is a fairly flat non technical trail that encircles the base below. You can also access Hidden Lakes and all of the connector trails from the ‘propane tanks’ parking off of Sherwin Creek Rd. This lower area has been receiving a ton of trail creation over the last few years and has something fun for everyone. It’s imprerssive.
Another impressive single track network is the Upper and lower Rock Creek trail. While it is a bit more technical in areas, this one is really fun as it decends down a ravine following a creek. If you are the competing type, there are tons of opportunities. Mammoth Grand Fondo, Pedalpalooza and Mammoth Tuff to name a few. Follow your biking adventure with a soak in our hot tub and you’ll be ready to do it all again.