The Best Routes for Pedaling on Pavement in the Eastern Sierra

Jul 14, 2021

Winding mountain roads with little traffic provide ample routes for pedaling around the Eastern Sierra on a road bike. If the altitude doesn’t take your breath away, the scenery most definitely will.

1. Red’s Meadow Ride

Distance: 28 miles round-trip (starting/finishing at the Village)
Lowest Elevation: 7,737 feet
Highest Elevation: 9,265 feet
Difficulty: Yep, it’s a tough one. The Minaret Vista is the top of the ride, but remember you have to climb there twice for nearly 3,000 feet of total elevation.
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2. Mammoth Lakes Basin Path Loop

Distance: 14 miles round-trip (starting/finishing at the Village)
Lowest Elevation: 8,050 feet
Highest Elevation: 9,022 feet
Difficulty: Relatively easy if you road bike a lot; moderately difficult if you arenew on a bike and visiting from sea level.

3. June Lake Loop

Distance: 22-mile loop
Lowest Elevation: 6,800 feet
Highest Elevation: 7,800 feet
Difficulty: Moderate.

4. Mammoth Scenic Loop

Distance: 18 miles round-trip
Lowest Elevation: 7,600 feet
Highest Elevation: 8,350 feet
Difficulty: Short and sweet.
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5. Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo

Distance: 102 miles
Lowest Elevation: 6,500 feet
Highest Elevation: 8,124 feet
Difficulty: That depends on how good of shape you are in.
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Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle is an outdoors, wine, and travel writer who would rather be running, climbing, or mountain biking. See more of Monica's posts here, read more of her work at and connect on twitter @monicaprelle

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