Biking the Town Loop

Oct 15, 2020

The Town Loop is a fantastic trail for exploring Mammoth Lakes right out the front door. The paved multi-use path is ideal for families and beginner cyclists, or anyone who wants an easy day to get acclimated while still enjoying the outdoors. With views of the White Mountains, the Sherwin Range, Mammoth Rock and Mammoth Mountain, this mellow adventure is one of the more scenic routes in the region. 

The path rolls and bends through sagebrush flats and pine forests, and is lined with wildflowers in season. It’s sunny and scenic most of the way, but offers a few shady sections and benches for rest breaks. Starting and finishing at Mammoth Creek Park, the 7-mile Town Loop combines sections of paved path and surface streets past parks, shopping and restaurants, golf courses and quiet residential neighborhoods.

How to Ride it

Begin at Mammoth Creek Park on Old Mammoth Road and ride east through the tunnel. The trail descends along Mammoth Creek to a stunning viewpoint before passing through another tunnel. The path then climbs gently, following Main Street, before passing through a tunnel where there is a junction to Shady Rest Park.

To stay on the Town Loop, follow the path on the north side of Main Street. The trail ends near the Fire Station, where you’ll cross over and continue climbing Main Street to pick up the Town Loop near Joaquin street. At the junction of Meridian Road, the path climbs up to Eagle Lodge, where it passes the chairlifts and descends to the Waterford Avenue connector bridge. Continue on the residential street to Old Mammoth Road, where you will again pick up the path at Snowcreek Athletic Club. From there it is an easy downhill pedal back to Mammoth Creek Park.

Quick Tips: Customize the ride for your desired length by pedaling out-and-back from Mammoth Creek Park. For a longer ride or an alternate route, take the detour to Shady Rest Park. Public restrooms are located along the Town Loop at Mammoth Creek Park and the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center.