XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreating in the Eastern Sierra is an experience of unparalleled scenery, serenity, fitness and fun for beginners to experts, thanks to the varied terrain and unrivaled backdrop of the Sierra Nevada landscape. There are over 30 miles of groomed, non-motorized winter trails in and around Mammoth Lakes, providing opportunities to explore the Inyo National Forest on skis, snowshoes, and winter fat bikes. There is a wide variety of terrain for every ability level.

The Mammoth Lakes Blue Diamond Nordic Routes offer 7 miles of un-groomed opportunities marked with blue diamonds attached to trees along the way. These ski and snowshoe routes were established by the US Forest Service in the early 1980s and have been maintained by the Range of Light Group, Sierra Club, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

You can also check the Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation Map to start planning your trip. Orange trails are groomed and open to all users, including snowmobiles. Ski and snowshoe users should use caution and listen for motorized traffic.

Other helpful information:

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing Areas

  • Mammoth Ranger District
  • Long Valley Caldera
  • Earthquake Fault
  • Hot Creek Geologic Site
  • Inyo Craters
  • Inyo Craters Trailhead
  • Mammoth Lakes Area
  • Sawmill Cutoff Road
  • Shady Rest Park Trails
  • Sherwin Creek Snow Trail
  • Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
  • Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
  • June Lake Loop
  • June Mountain Ski Area
  • Obsidian Dome Ski Trail
  • White Mountain Ranger District
  • Sno-Park - Rock Creek
  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities