Mountain Biking

The Inyo National Forest offers a variety of challenging single track and unimproved Forest Service roads to satisfy mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Below are a few suggestions:

Shady Rest / Inyo Craters

The pine-scented dirt roads and paths of the Shady Rest and Inyo Craters areas in Mammoth provide a fairly firm tread, though there are several sandy stretches to slug through before being rewarded with possible views of the Glass Mountains, the Minarets, Crowley Lake and the White Mountains.

Lee Vining

Moraines and Meadows Mountain Bike Route south of Lee Vining circles Williams Butte on a Forest road (1N15), while Hartley Springs Campground south of June Lake provides a peaceful base camp for those seeking to ride a smooth dirt road loop (Forest road 2S10 looping to 2S81) under the cooling shelter of pines.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area opens its mountain bike park from June through September, providing lift access to single track zigzagging all over the hill. For More information about Mammoth Mountain Ski Area click here...

Rock Creek

The old track paralleling Sand Canyon out of Rock Creek can be combined with lower Rock Creek Canyon, an exhilarating single track careening through Pinyon and Juniper, Jeffrey Pines, Aspens, and plenty of rocks as it parallels the creek from just south of Tom’s Place to trail’s end just below the community of Paradise.

White Mountain Road

The dirt road leading to White Mountain (from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest near Big Pine) is a true test of endurance at high altitude -with awe-inspiring views of the Sierra Crest.

Other Rides

For mellower meandering on two wheels, head to the dirt roads east of Highway 395 just north of June Lake Junction, or check out Chidago Canyon near Bishop.

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