Mammoth Mtn - Trail, Mammoth, Bikeparks

Mammoth Mtn - Trail, Mammoth, Bikeparks

DESCRIPTION

i always thought ski lift riding was woosy. i've been going to this area and skiing it for almost 30 years and finally did the ski lift thing at mammoth mtn - WOW it was great! if you love to climb - buy a pass and ride the singletrack all day or get a lift ticket and you can go anywhere on the mtn - its a big mtn. (Whats great - almost all the trails are single track AND one way - one for uphill and one for downhill. trails are frequently changed and worked on to keep them tight and clean. there are trail patrolers so its hard to cut). you can lift it up to 10k and then climb up to over 11k for the peak. fire roads are for hiking only and bikers have to stay on the singletrack - life's rough! Get a trail map and have a great time singletracking miles of downhill.

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 22, 2012]
smckee
Downhiller

Mammoth has been putting a ton of effort and money into the park in recent years.
I grew up riding Mammoth, and it has really evolved in the past 5 years into a place for every type of rider. I've heard great things about the XC trails, even though it's not my thing.
More recently,they have been adding some awesome wall rides, drops, and jumps. Just last summer, they added a whole trail lined with cinders and jumps and a whole trail with dirt jumpers and a 30-something foot ramp to dirt jump. Those are just some of the cool ones that I enjoyed.
The main point I want to make is that they have some good trail builders on the job now and if you haven't been there in a few years, it is worth the trip back now.

Customer Service

Twilight zone, shotgun, flow, techno rock

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NOTE:
the aerobic difficulty and the Technical difficulty really depend on the trail you take soooo... don't pay attention to those ratings.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Aug 15, 2009]
ridefreeride
Downhiller

I had a ton of fun at mammoth this summer!
It was fun to ride down the mountain on Kamikaze and taking it easy on the off the top trail.
Riding fast is fun and crashing isnt as bad in 2 feet of sand!

Customer Service

off-the-top to Kamikaze to shock-treatment to richter (for good fast fun)

Off-the-top to gravy-train to trail-home to richter (for easy trail riding with alittle fun at the end)

skid-marks to lower-skid-marks to paper rout (for realy easy trails with steep switch backsin the begining wit a xc ride)

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4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 20, 2007]
surfnskian
Weekend Warrior

Mammoth is, for lack of a better word, fun. I've only been there once, but its way better than what I usually ride. Decent cross country, great downhill, and a great escape for those tired of LA and San Diego. Also, Mammoth's far less crowded during the summer than in the winter. There's only two downsides: 1) The altitude and 2) the turns. The turns are near always too soft.
Some recommendations:
1) Wear armor. If you're not so talented (or just fall a lot). I'd suggest armor. I bought some knee pads before I went and I'm glad I had em.
2) Bring a bandana and/or sweatshirt. Though it's summer, it occasionally gets windy at the top. When I was there on August 19, it was 50 degrees with 40mph wind at the summit. My lips were windburnt, and stung for a couple of days.

Customer Service

Take the standard route to Mammoth. 395 to 203 to Minaret Road.

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Don't know much else up near mammoth. Hopefully I'll be there next summer. My usual rides are in San Diego

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4
VALUE
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3
[Sep 20, 2007]
nagatahawk
Weekend Warrior

I wanted to get out of town during the week before labor day.
I have recently lost contact with all my xc riding buddies. They have gone to golf, paint ball etc. and my knees were bothering me. so I went up to Mammoth for 3 1/2 days to go down. I didn't like the first day. it was sandy, pumice and my body was still not acclimated. Also my tires ballooned up too high. second day it rained. i was skidding and bouncing around and tense. The second day it rained, I lowerd my seat, tire and fork pressure. The wet trails were so much fun. and I even learned to navigate the sandy rutted bouldered 180 dropp off into sand pit turns. I stay on the green trails and had a blast. My lungs acclimated by the second day and I rode a lot more relaxed. Also during the week I was the only one on the trails, it was so much fun. and after going downtown, I took the shuttle back to the gondola lift and started all over again.

Next time I will have 6" bike, I plan to go back next spring. with my new bike and of course some body armor.

Customer Service

for beginners start by going to the halfway station and go right bakc to the lodge then take downtown. it was fast and fun.

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I a noob here. but will be back with a better bike and some body armor.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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2
[Nov 09, 2006]
aword4you
Weekend Warrior

Mammoth is a good place to ride, especially if you're looking for something different and don't want to climb a lot. Hubby and I went for Labor Day and had a blast, will definitely return next year. The pumice is really deep in a lot of areas, but it just makes the riding that much more interesting! Fun trails, amazing scenery, and you can get a lot of miles in, with a lot of descending, all in one day.

I wore a full face and arm/leg protection when doing the black diamonds, but it probably isn't necessary. I liked having the protection, and since I wasn't climbing it wasn't a hinderance. I have a 5" travel bike. It was sufficient on Skid Marks, Flow (not the drop, obviously), Shotgun (didn't do the log ride), and more. More travel wouldn't have been bad, but I did just fine with my bike.

*aerobic difficuly is a 2 because of elevation - I live at 1000 ft and the Main Lodge is around 9000ft.

Customer Service

Ride everything you can possibly fit in. If you're not sure where to start, ride Downtown. If that's way too easy take the gondola up to Off the Top and take that down all the way back to the bike park. If that was too easy, ride Skid Marks and do the black diamonds. Loved Off the Top to Beach Cruiser, Skid Marks to Seven Bridges, Flow and Shotgun were fun also. Downtown is nice and easy, some fun stuff to play on and can carry speed.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 25, 2006]
sjdiesel
Cross Country Rider

First off, most of the good stuff is not recomended riding for your average "weekend warrior" who is looking to "get his girlfriend into the sport." Those types (if you really must go) should follow the color coding on the pretty little map and stay the hell off anything sounding fast, i.e. "bullet," "velocity," "shotgun," etc...On the other hand, if you find yourself craving more than your local trails can offer and don't mind paying for a couple of days of real riding...go to Mammoth and challeng yourself, you won't be disappointed. Yes the Kamikaze is fun and fast and everyone should try it but the real jewls lie on the other side of the mountain. Flow to Shotgun is an excellent place to start and if your feeling confident after that dont't be afraid to hit the stars of the mountain, Bullet and Velocity. For the record I do not consider myself a "downhiller" (I don't even own a shingards) which did make all the downhill gear and equipment I saw at the bottom of the mountain a little bit intimidating. Don't be fooled, if you have been on a bike for a while and feel you posses the adquet bike handling skills (drops, hops, etc...) you will be good to go. One piece of equipment that really is a must, however, is full suspension and the more the better. My ML8 seemed perfect but I did find myself craving something a little bigger. My girlfriend (don't laugh, she cleared 95% of Bullet) rode a mid suspension bike and was perfectly happy both days. So go to Mammoth and see for yourself what a good gravity park has to offer.

Customer Service

Start at the top and then go down.

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If you have some time to spend...Downieville/Tahoe, and Moab is only eight short hours of driving away...don't get me started on Porcupine.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Sep 23, 2006]
SantaCruzMTBer
Weekend Warrior

The trails in Mammoth are sweet. They have lots of varioty from like mommy trails to the technical DC-10 and stuff like that. This year they added Twilight Zone which is basically the best trail ever. I live in Santa Cruz and look forward to going to Mammoth every year.

Customer Service

Go to top, Hit Kamikase and come into first part of Shock Treatement, then hit second part of Shock Treatment

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DC-10, Velocity

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 10, 2006]
robertmammoth
Cross Country Rider

I must kindly disagree with most of the reviews here. I LIVE in Mammoth, I have a season pass, I have worked for many years in Bike Shops, I have led MANY group rides, and generally been a part of teh cycing community for years. Please believe me when I tell you that Mammoth is NOT mounting biking paridise. In fact most of the trails are on the awful end of the spectrum. I am a cross country ride most of the time. The trails are generally flat, sandy and in a word - BORING. If you are a technical cross country rider, you WILL be bored to tears. If you are a DH nutball, sure you can have fun, but the rest of us will generally feel cheated.

One way to gauge how sharp a corner on any trail is, is to look at how deep the potholes are entering the corner. As disk brakes become the norm, and as people who don't know how to brake properly have become the norm, the trails suffer here. The sand (which is ALL there is here) gets divoted in the corners, making for miserable trail conditions. The DH stuff is OK, but gets real sandy and loose. All the moderate freeride trails are terrible for cross country bikes.

Folks, this is a beginner (XC) or a DH-only area. I have ridden exensivly in FLagstaff, Sedona, Utah, Phoenix, Tuscon, SoCal, Norcal and Boulder. The biggest problem with Mammoth is ITS ALL SAND! There are so very few technical rocky balancey dicey sections that the trails all seem the same and get boring real quick. If you come here, consider yourself informed.

Customer Service

For XC rider, go up Uptown to Beachcruiser. Climb Beachcruiser, do the loop back to the main lodge. From the main lodge hit Downtown breifly and turn right on Paper route. Go accross the mountain to Juniper. Turn left onto juniper and ride down to eagle lodge. from eagle go down meridian, left on mineret and back to the Village, where you started.
Thats about the best XC route. Don't bother buying a pass, no one checks you is you are pedaling on the XC trails.

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Rock Creek is the only good trail in the Owens Valley.

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1
VALUE
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3
[May 09, 2005]
Corndogger
Weekend Warrior

Mammoth is a great place for freeriders because the trails really mix it up for all riders. X-Parks off to the side provide some bonus technicality to the trails and are accessible to anyone who wishes to use them. Kamikaze and Skid Marks are two of the best trails to ride for some non-downhill fun but can take some work if you ride a heavy bike. My recommendation for a good tech trail is Shotgun on the lower left side of the mountain going towards Canyon Lodge (Short but fun). Too many people complaign about the bike rangers, but they're the ones going 40 on a starter trail with 12 year olds trying to maneuver a switchback. All in all, Mammoth has some of the best trails in the area.

Customer Service

Take the Gondola to the top and figure out which way you want to go from there. Pretty easy to navigate the mountain. Rest stops and bike rangers are friendly and are willing to help everyone.

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Beach Cruiser- the scenic route next to Kamikaze- easy Downtown- For those with the little kids and beginners Bridge the Gap- intermediate trail- not hard but not a bee line either

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 05, 2005]
surfnmtnb
Downhiller

I love mamouth i go there every year for the bike park. The downhilling is awesome. If you think you are not up to it toughen up and now you are gonna get a few bruises. I have riden almost every trail with a broken front break and a horible bike. The best trail on this mountain i think is skidmark. I like to warm up doing downtown then do kamikase or one of thosew fun ones. The only trail i dont life is off the top but that might be cause the one time i went on it i broke my helmet on kamimase the trail before and hurt a little.

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big ring, 7 bridges it is easy but cool to watch

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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