Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Mammoth Lakes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

A very easy hike with scenic mountain views on sandy underground. Sadly the lake's water level was pretty low.

off road driving
16 days ago

Somewhat easy trail with a couple of semi-technical areas. Only saw two other groups. Great views and wildflowers.

off road driving
17 days ago

it was a fun trip did it in my super duty so if i can do it you can too

off road driving
24 days ago

This is one of my new favorites! I made it with a stock Chevy K1500 and 32" tires. The rocks are sharp so I'd suggest making sure you have good tires, but ground clearance requirements aren't too bad. I didn't find the last switchback to be anything overly difficult either, but I have a regular cab short bed. I might think differently if trying it with a longer wheelbase, though I suspect it's still manageable.

fairly easy and marked well

Nice trail although smoky due to fires. We liked it much more than the trail from Twin Lakes via Dragon’s Back

Great trail !

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail. Be careful on the last hairpin switchback. I nosed in, reversed down the trail 150 feet or so to the next switchback which left me pointing forward again and did not require making a somewhat gnarly 3 point turn. Otherwise, the trail is pretty spectacular. I was in a stock 4x4 2018 tacoma and made it no problem. Did scrape my side predator side steps a couple times, but no big deal.

Highly traveled; often tracked-out unless it is beginning of season. Great for taking kids or beginners.

off road driving
2 months ago

Did this trail today and had a great time. My quad struggled in the cold air/elevation but still made it. Rocks are sharp but my 4 ply tires held up well. You have to take this trail slow but it was worth it to get to the end. Stock 4x4 will be a close call while anything lifted will do fine. Quads and dirt bikes can handle this.

I did the downtown route as a beginner biker and felt quite challenged. My husband did uptown and downtown a few times and enjoyed both.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail climb. You don’t really know that you’re climbing till the trail pulls back on itself and you see the valley. Amazing views. There is a lot of loose rock and shale on the trail.

walking
2 months ago

Very nice leisurely walk with some great mountain views and a large lake that your dog can run around! Easy walk, if you're looking for any sort of challenge then this is not for you, if not then I recommend it!

Took my son on this trail for his first off pavement bike ride. He enjoyed it. Lots of flow and rhythm on downtown while uptown gets a little more tech. For beginners downtown will not disappoint. Some exposed roots and rocks, uptown would boost your skills. Connects to Paper Route and Shotgun about halfway down. Bring water. Be observant and let the advanced riders by please. Had a few people not yield to me and my son got a little frustrating.

3 months ago

Rocky but fun!

3 months ago

Just a really nice walk.

Nice easy trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice views around the lake. More road walking than I would have liked.

5/29/18 0700hrs - hiking boots highly recommended. Still considerable snowpack on the southwest slope, especially around the bridges. Much nicer to walk on the beach than sticking to the trail.

Four stars for a beautiful lake with great snow ringed mountains. But less for no trail that I could see. Maybe high snow run-off covered up what will be a trail later in the season? Today the walk was either on the road or going near the lake through closed campgrounds. A very scenic road walk though.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Been to Laurel Lake 44 times! Always 4x4! (mine is a Jeep TJ standard) Talk to a Forest Ranger in Mammoth Lakes--Sometimes they have new updates on trail. Arrive at trail beginning "early" say sunrise up to 11:00 a.m. Then enjoy the drive and peninsula on lake. Peninsula is highest place to legally have a campfire! Wonderful fly fishing here! 7 wonderful hikes around & above lake. When driving back down never, ever leave till 2:00 p.m. ! ! WHY? Road is narrow...just a bit winder than your vehicle! No head on meeting! Very difficult to dive backwards with steep drop offs. Only 2 areas to pass each other and far apart. My Activity: 4x4, fishing, photography, hiking, walking.
Best months to go up: no snow. Saturday can be to crowded---new visitors unaware of narrow road!

I picked up the trail at the welcome center and went through the vacant campground - the trail is not marked well at all. I turned around and went back.
Eh.

the first mile is pretty much uphill on soft drift/sand. it starts of at low elevation and as you climb you get higher and higher. I only made it 1.53 miles in and had to turn around to meet a friend in town. but the last half mile made the first mile worth it!! some ice and snow on the ground. so watch your step.

scenic driving
10 months ago

Drive part of this road going to the Inyo Craters Trail. Will definitely finish it next time

off road driving
11 months ago

Did this trail on a 2005 KTM EXC 450 and had my brother in law with his built up Jeep LJ. For carbed bikes, I highly recomment adjusting your jet. I went down to a 168 but I feel i should have gone down to a 160 since i had the fuel screw turned in heavily. She was definitely gasping for air. For vehicles, I recommend pressuring down and having an air compressor ready. Make sure your tires have a good side wall, the rocks were pretty sharp and plentiful. Didn't catch anything here, but the lake was gorgeous with some snow in the distance.

off road driving
Friday, September 15, 2017

Best of the Best

off road driving
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Amazing time and breath taking views. Some tough moments with the jeep, especially the last turn. I saw a ton of razrs up there crushing it. Overall the end results is awesome. Water was sub zero.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A really wonderful hike with great selection of different scenery. I took a small side ridge to get a view of the flowers in bloom. Definitely worthwhile. Left early to avoid crowds .. and allowed to take my dog off leash

off road driving
Monday, August 21, 2017

stock 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail: take it slow and you'll be fine. Great camping

Beautiful views. We could see the smoke in the valley.

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