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Mammoth Mtn

Average Rating:    (4.07 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 43

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.
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Latitude
37.6499174693212
Longitude
-119.03849601745605
Trail Directions
hwy 395 to Mammoth, west at hwy 203, go to mammoth ski resort main lodge (or buy pass -for trail access- at most bike shops or hotels in area)
Trail Length
2-40 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mammoth
State/Territory/Province
California
Zip/Postal Code
93546
Country
United States
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Review Date
April 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: smckee ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Twilight zone, shotgun, flow, techno rock

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
August 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ridefreeride ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
October 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: surfnskian ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Take the standard route to Mammoth. 395 to 203 to Minaret Road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
September 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nagatahawk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I a noob here. but will be back with a better bike and some body armor.



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Review Date
November 9, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: aword4you ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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