Mammoth Rock Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Mammoth Rock Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
905 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Good first hike when arriving at this elevation. I did not do the return portion of the round trip. Instead I walked into town on Sherwin Creek Road so I missed the up-hill portion of the hike. As a result, it was an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of xc runners and mountain bikers present. Can't really blame them as this is better suited for trail running and biking. Enjoyable trail, relatively mellow with some nice views of the valley and ski area. Feel like it should be rated as "easy" though. The gain is only noticeable on your return assuming a start at old mammoth road. Saw a good sized buck near Sherwin Creek Road.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We were able to hike most of the way through the meadow and sagebrush and forest, but did stop at a big pile of snow blocking the path before we could see Mammoth Rock. However, it didn't matter to us because it was a beautiful trail. The best part though was all the deer! We were walking at around 4pm and saw at least 14 deer happily munching their dinner and watching us walk past. We had a great afternoon.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty straight forward climb around the golf course and past the Snowcreek properties to bring you right up to Mammoth Rock. Pretty sandy at the beginning of the trail. This time of year there are still patches of snow with some being pretty significant. Some you can walk right over, others are too difficult and you'll need to walk around the snow to get past. Then right before the bend in the trail that sets you up for a straight shot at the Rock, there's steep, icy snow blocking the entire path and no routes around it exists (as of today). I had to stop at that point as I was ill prepared. If anyone is planning on doing this trail in the next week or two it might be a wise idea to bring some crampons and maybe even an ice ax to help lean on.

There are some beautiful wildflowers along the trail (especially at the beginning) and tons of opportunities to photograph wildlife. Came up on quite a number of deer during 5 or so encounters with them. Was never able to get a stable picture of them so I decided to go slow and quite. That's when I came across a blonde colored bear roughly 100ft. ahead climbing up towards the trail. So I backtracked a bit, "got loud", and started heading back in his direction. Pretty amazing sight.

There are TONS of deer out here right now due to the massive migration that just happened.

hiking
4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This was a great trail the views were spectacular. About a half mile in we seen a group of deer and as we entered into the pine trees we heard branches breaking and looked up into a tree above us and there was a brown bear staring down at us. So we moved along and let him be. Beauty at its finest.

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

hiking
Saturday, October 10, 2015

This hike is ok. It's probably a good hike for people new to Mammoth or those that prefer not to go into the wilderness. This trail has great views of the town and Mammoth Rock. Other than that, there is not a lot to see compared to other trails. Most of the trail, starting at Old Mammoth Road, is easy, with sections of large rocks. The end, getting near Sherwin Creek Rd, starts to look and feel more like Southern California. Lots of dead scrub brush, few trees, sandy and quite painful on a hot day as there is little shade. There are 2 unsigned junctions. To stay on the official trail, stay left at the first junction, and take a right at the second one. You should come out at Sherwin Creek Rd near the Mammoth Motocross area.

I was the only hiker that day. I saw 2 runners, and 5 or 6 mountain bikers. This trail is probably much more fun on a mountain bike, though it has exposure and certain sections are a bit technical.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

One of my favs when I'm home.

hiking
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

hiking
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Great views of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Rock and the valley, including views of Snowcreek Golf Course. Weather was a little breezy at the start of the trail, but as we gained altitude, the mountain sheltered us from the wind. Views are truly remarkable, and except for a few gains in altitude, I found this trail easy. Although it was mid May (shoulder season), we met half a dozen mountain bikers, all very courteous to make sure they didn't run us, or our dog, off the trail. Very few hikers, so you get a lot of privacy on this trail. Including photo opportunities, allow 5 hours for this fun hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nice trail with great views. I have friends who run this trail without a problem. Not a lot of shade.