When you think of fall colors and falling leaves many think directly to the East Coast with rolling hillsides of yellow, orange and brown. Fortunately though, for us west coasters there are still some beautiful places to witness fall foliage. Mammoth Lakes in particular is known to be one of the best places in the Eastern Sierra to witness fall colors and all its splendor. Read further for highlights on best places, mountain biking trails and times to go.
As kids go back to school, fall is one of the best times to visit Mammoth without the crowds but with the ease of good weather and plenty of summer activities to continue to enjoy. With slightly cooler nights and warm days it is the perfect temperature to enjoy mountain biking, hiking and backpacking during daylight and relax and enjoy Mammoth’s restaurants and breweries in the evening hours.
The best period to enjoy the era of colors and crisp air is from after labor day weekend until the first snowfall which is usually in mid-November. With most of the summer vacationers cleared out there are still a number of fall events to enjoy including a number of bike races, Octoberfest, the Eastern Sierra Symphony and the end of the fishing season.
If your looking to mountain bike through the beautiful fall colors, we recommend renting your bike at Adventure Sports Outpost and then checking out one of the trails listed below:
Mammoth RockTrail: One of the most famous rides in Mammoth, this short 2.5 mile single-track trail is made from a old miners trail wand will take you along the mountain’s edge above the trees to see sweeping views of fall colors.
Lower Rock Creek Trail: One of the most popular summer mountain bike trails in Mammoth is equally as enjoyable into fall. Best in late October, this 8-mile trail single-track downhill trail will take you along a creek and past thousands of trees changing colors.
Yost Meadow Trail: A bit of a drive outside of Mammoth near June Lake, this is probably our favorite mountain biking trail for fall. After starting with a steep climb you will find yourself under a beautiful umbrella of golden leaves on a 6-mile single track trail.