Top Mammoth Trails for Mountain Biking

When the snow has melted, Mammoth Mountain hosts world-class mountain biking for riders of all ages and ability levels. A good way to get started on the mountain is to ride the gondola and lifts and use the bike park shuttle to see what your options are. There’s a trail map that shows all the options—more than 80 miles of trails—by skill level. Riders can buy tickets to the bike park for a day or purchase season passes. There are also private mountain biking lessons available for riders of all skill levels. Here’s a list of the best biking trails on the mountain, brought to you by the team at ASO Mammoth, your one-stop shop for high-quality gear and premier Mammoth Mountain bike rentals.

Beginner Trails

Most of these trails are found in the Discovery Zone and are wider, smoother trails:


  • Pioneer Practice Loop – This loop is next to the main lodge. Its flat surface offers a good place to test your bike.
  • Discovery Trail – Nearest the Discovery Chair, you can follow this trail in the Discovery Zone to ride on some gentle inclines that allow you to tackle some single track with gentle switchbacks.
  • Adventure Trail – Also in the Discovery Zone area, the incline isn’t steep, so you can keep the ride more gentle.
  • Skills Park – Right under the Discovery Chair, you can begin to learn to ride on drops and beams and take on other challenges to improve your riding abilities.
  • Downtown Trail – This is a great trail for beginners looking for a longer, gentler ride. It goes from the main lodge to the downtown area.



Cross-Country Intermediate Trails

If you’re looking for a longer intermediate ride, here are some favorite trails:

  • Paper Route/Manzanita Loop – Has rolling terrain with some technical portions, downhills, and switchbacks.
  • Beach Cruiser – Takes you on a four-mile loop through lodgepoles, around Red’s Lake, and back to the Adventure Center.
  • Brake Through – A trail that climbs part way up the mountain and is a connector trail.

Downhill TrailS

  • Chain Smoke – Takes you through a rock garden underneath the gondola.
  • Velocity – As the name implies, this is a fast downhiller.
  • Techno Rock – Very steep and technical with a lot of step downs.

Crowd Favorite Trails

  • Off the Top – An intermediate trail accessible from the upper gondola. You’ll be able to see the peaks from a bird’s eye view.
  • Pipeline – An expert trail full of manmade features such as a step-up jump, berms, trestles, and wooden ramps.
  • Skid Marks – Steep and rocky, you’ll be able to switchback across a ridge and have the option to plunge 3,100 feet from the top to Juniper Springs Resort.
  • Kamikaze – Expert riders can head 2,000 feet down from the summit to the main lodge on a fire road.

If you decide to take advantage of the amazing bike trails on Mammoth Mountain, make sure to drop by and say hello to the mountain sports experts at ASO Mammoth. We can hook you up with everything you need for a fantastic biking experience. We’re your top choice for local trail information, top-quality gear, and bike rentals in Mammoth Lakes, CA, so stop in or give us a call at 760-965-3444.

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