Mountain Biking the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
In the mid-1980s and 1990s, the most daring mountain bikers made the journey to Mammoth Lakes to ride the fastest downhill mountain bike race in the world—the Mammoth Kamikaze. Downhill mountain biking was in its early years and Mammoth was the place advancing the sport. Though the historic downhill race eventually fell off the racing calendar, the robust downhill mountain bike culture remained in Mammoth Lakes and still thrives today.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park offers more than 80 miles of lift-accessed singletrack for downhill, cross-country and beginner riders. From the speed-inducing Kamikaze to the family-friendly Downtown trails, there is something for mountain bikers of all abilities at Mammoth Mountain. Intermediate riders will love lapping Off the Top, a trail that switchbacks the west face of Mammoth Mountain from the summit back to the gondola. Pedal the Paper Route loop for a moderate cross-country ride, or climb Uptown to Beach Cruiser for a longer ride. Adrenalin junkies lap advanced trails like Bullet and Flow that incorporate features like high bridges, banked paver turns and tabletop jumps.
How to Ride Mammoth Mountain
To access trails on the bike park, you’ll need to purchase a pass, which gives you access to the Bike Park shuttle and chairlifts. Start at the Village at Mammoth and ride the shuttle to Main Lodge, where you can ride the gondola to McCoy Station or up to the summit. Descend to back to the gondola, or to Canyon Lodge and ride down the road back to the Village to start all over again.
Quick Tips: Wear knee, shin and elbow protection if you plan on riding advanced downhill terrain, and bring plenty of spare tubes. There are a few water stations for refilling bottles along the trails and at the base lodges. If you plan to only ride cross-country, skip the full price ticket and purchase a pedal-only pass.