Mammoth Mountain, California - California Mountain Biking
Mammoth Mountain in California's Eastern Sierras is one of the many ski resorts these days that attempts to cater to mountain bikers during the summer months. While most ski mountains seem to think that simply opening a chairlift to mountain bikers and giving them access to service roads is what people want, Mammoth Mountain seems to have figured out what true mountain bikers really want.
Mammoth Mountain has built a fairly extensive trail network that branches off in all directions from the 11,053' peak. The trails are all well maintained and there are even water coolers, restrooms & phones located strategically around the mountain.
The one thing that the trails on this mountain lack are true technical sections. While the trail map shows all levels of difficulty, this is primarily based on how steep the terrain is for a given section. So, if you're a fairly skilled rider, you may soon become bored with the smooth, sandy trail conditions. Don't let this stop you from coming here though, as there are other places to ride, FOR FREE. In fact, we'll profile one of them in an upcoming Zone issue.