Fatbiking Near Mammoth Lakes

Fatbikes have been growing in popularity over the past couple of years. In this video Jen Girard, owner of EastsideWide Fat Bike Rentals, talks about what makes fat bikes so fun and offers some trail recommendations for beginning, intermediate and expert fatbike riders.

Why Ride a Fatbike?

A fat bike is a mountain bike that accommodates very large, 4 to 5 inch tires. This allows for amazing stability and a high degree of traction on difficult surfaces and terrain. Therefore, you may feel more comfortable riding over things and being on trails on a fatbike that might make you nervous on normal mountain bike.

Fatbikes are also great for powering through difficult terrain like snow and pumice without getting bogged down. Fatbike riders often experience a confidence boost on a fatbike because they can go places that they couldn’t before.

Great rides for Fatbikers

For beginners: Ride up the Lakes Basin Path or take the trolley to Horseshoe Lake. This short and relatively flat trail around the lake offers beautiful vistas. It’s perfect for beginners who want to check out fatbiking. It’s also a great trail for those who want to acclimate or warm up when they first arrive in Mammoth Lakes.

For intermediate riders: Pick up a trail map at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and head out to Shady Rest. The trails in this area have amazing dirt for fatbiking. The dirt gets really soft and riders will be able to feel how well the fatbikes work in conditions that would be difficult for cross country mountain bikes with narrower tires. Riders can “pick their own adventures” on a mixture of hills, flats, single track trails and dirt roads.

For advanced riders: A super fun trail that is Jen’s favorite is Mountain View. This is a longer ride with a lot more hills and elevation gain, and it has a ton of beautiful views and loose dirt. To access this trail, riders can take the shuttle up to Main Lodge. Riders can ride up to Minaret Vista to access the trail or pick it up behind Mammoth Mountain Inn and ride it all the way down to the Earthquake Fault, then hop on to Downtown on on to The Village at Mammoth. Those who want a longer, more strenuous ride, can purchase a Mammoth Bike Park Pedal Pass for $16/day and ride up Uptown to Main Lodge and onto Minaret Vista.

Additional Resources

Renting a Fatbike: Visit EastsideWide.com to reserve a bike (and helmet). Finding Mountain Biking Trails: Visit Mammoth Trails.org

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