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Every real bike town has a brewery Hub to go to right? Well with the support of the June Lake Brewery the Eastern Sierra will be one step closer.
I was not motivated to ride but I knew I needed to get out and pedal since it had been a couple days. So I grabed that Mountain bike trail book and picked out the Inyo Crater Loop.
Should be a couple mellow enjoyable miles of single track which always seem to be never enough of. I was wanting to ride something different then the usual backyard trails. My friend Jodi also was not that motivated either so Inyo Craters was it.
I went and picked her up and we drove onto the scenic loop road and a left onto a dirt rode to the trail head.
Still unmotivated and moving slowly to unload the bikes.
Nice rolling single track between pine and sage brush.
After going for a while we have a little short steep climb but now we are motivated and having some fun.
After climbing this short steep section there is a slight down hill then you come to an open parking area. We then crossed the parking area and followed the blue diamonds up to the craters.
At the bottom of the craters there are pools of water at the bottom.
Fun fast single track down hill and back to the car.
A big 3.5 mile ride perfect for unmotivation but yeah we where like yeah lets ride some more.
So back at the car, We continue to ride up the dirt rode to crater flats. While riding are intent to ride to Crater Flats. We end up wondering on this gravel road called 3N20. Then we merged onto 3N20A which looped around to some cool moto singletrack. The singletrack was fun because we were riding are fatbikes.
Which leads to another good reason why owning a fat bike. If the motos shred that once good singletrack its fun again, because the fat tires eat up loose conditions but anyway got deep there haha.
I have really wanted to ride this ride for a long time another Eastern Sierra Classic. So Jodi and I deciding to give it a go.
We dropped a car off at Swall Meadows and drove up to Rock Creek Lake.
The Trail started off with a cool kinda three mile single track.
Then The Trail turned to a double track to fast sandy trail.
The Trail finished with a cool single track.
My Fatty love the Sandy fast fire road.
but anyway not going to blog much on this one but I included a short vid.
I kinda routed this loop as a way to cover 3 classic single tracks in the town of Mammoth that could be riding in each direction and one of my favorite fall loop lookers left you start Mammoth Rock trail then transfer to the heart of the Mountain Mammoth then up to The Vista. Then to a couple miles of fast flowey single track for the first section that is called Mountain View. Then middle is kinda twisty rolling single track then from the Earthquake Fault line is a couple miles of downhill single track to the village.
0.0 Start at sherwin creek rd 4S08
.4 continue straight to gravel road
.8 start the mammoth rock trail
3.6 mile go straight up paved road
3.8 mile you will come to a great look out of Glass Mountains and the whites. Panorama trail starts here.
4.3 miles hang a left to Panorama trail
4.5 miles hang a right to Lakes Basin Path
4.8 hang a right onto the bike path
4.9 cross lake Mary rd you look up you will see Lakes Trail climb it
5.5 mile head left to upper paper route
5.6 stay left continue up upper paper route
6.0 stay left up paper route
7.2 miles stay right on upper route
8.4 continue on dirt road reconnect to single track
8.5 make a left might be a picnic table here buy you will see an orange container
8.9 cross gravel continue straight
9.4 stay left and you will begin to climb uptown
9.5 stay right to uptown
10.5 your at main lodge head .1 mile trail starts back up by chair 1
10.6 you began climbing up beach cruiser
13.2 head left across gravel road follow single track for a short climb
13.5 stay right wrap around Reds Lakes stop for a swim or a nap in the sun.
13.6 stay left and stay left again to Mt View trail
15.6 stay left on Mt View towards the Vista
15.8 make a left on to paved road hwy 203
15.9 make a right towards the vista
16 miles right on to a gravel road
16.1 oh the Mt View Trail SO fun
18.7 come out to a turnaround gravel road go straight
18.75 make a left back on to the mt view single track
19.4 go left
19.5 make a right just past the wash and follow the gravel road and start climbing
19.9 go left hook back up to mt view single track after about it turns into double and you will come to the earthquake fault monument
21.5 mile cross hwy 203 again to down town
21.7 cross first single track (uptown trail) to second merge left and finish across from the village where I am going to grab some grinds
23.7 radical finished it
Wait for the October-March off-season before tackling trails in this desert park, where temperatures can reach into the triple digits. And even though riding is limited to roads open to motor vehicles, there are still plenty of great options, McCoy says. “Rides range from easy, like the 3-mile-long 20-Mule Team Canyon Road loop, to challenging, such as the 28-mile, one-way Titus Canyon Road.” Contact or visit: 760-786-3200; nps.gov/deva -
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This is the time of year (Fall Season) when I really like to venture out of town to look for more trails.
I have never heard anybody talk about this trail but once again referenced it from the Eastern Sierra Mountain Bike book.
This was has been on the list for a couple years, but it’s kinda short right 4 1/2 miles. My friend Jodi wanted to ride so I mentioned Saddlebag Trail…she said OK knowing me with a slight hesitation haha. So we loaded up are fat bikes and drove up Tioga Pass (HWY 120) pulled off right to Saddlebag Lake.
Book said there was a rough 2 1/2 mile dirt road so we thought we would add a little mileage. Book stats must be a little old because a bit of the road was paved. After a good climb of probably 900ft we came to an amazing panorama of Saddlebag Lake.
Jodi and I road up past the parking lot, by the bathroom as the book said and there was the trailhead. This trail starts at 10,000ft elevation we felt it in are lungs.
I was thinking this would be an easy trail. We started down the trail hum ok this is kinda techie, The classic High Sierra jagged rocks and shale. Jodi hum I don’t know about this.
Before she could talk herself out of it I kept riding. So she womaned up and started to ride. I looked back and saw her getting after it, smiles came to my face.
Once again thinking this was a lakeside trail seems like it should be easy. You are riding on a old mine kind of trail, pretty high above the lake. Riding along your just in aw, of the views.
There was a good snow drift in the middle of the trail so we where riding the edge of the trail. Riding along about 2.3 miles we came to a Cabin. This cabin is used for backcountry wilderness rangers but of course we had to stop for photo ops.
Ok back on the trail you will see a couple trail that branch off but these go to wilderness areas and bikes or prohibited here so don’t ride those trails follow the main trail to the back side of the lake which of course is friggin awesome.
We stopped at the backside and had a few snacks. Looking in aw the 360 views and amazed we where riding here. The trail is on the edge of the wilderness border. This is true alpine country. Savor this trail and tread lightly. After a snack break we tried riding the rest of the trail. There is a log bridge that you need to cross but kinda hard to see because of the shrubs.
So we crossed and tried to ride the rest of the trail around the lake. The snow was to deep. I know right we had Fatbikes but the snow was to soft and not packed down to keep pedaling thru. So we turned around and enjoyed the views from reverse and a great different point of view.
Once we got back to my car we had rode 1000+ feet of climbing in about 11.3 miles.
After Saddlebag we drove down to Power Line Trail RD for a quick 2.5 mile ride to check out the fall colors. They where popping, great gravel road up to the Southern California Edison power plant.
The Snow is flying….Fatbike is wanting to transform to snowbike getting giddy but I am wanting to ride somewhere different then Mammoth. I have been wanting to ride the Yost Trail kinda heard about it and figured out where to start from Mountain biking Mammoth & the Eastern Sierra guide book.
So I asked John if he wanted to check it out he said yes. I dressed up and my cross country ski kit, hopped in the car grabbed John and drove to the trailhead.
The parking starts across from the rock stack and fire station.
Parked at the trail-head.
Throw on my cycling shoes gloves and helmet.
Pedal to the start of the trailhead
Oh $hit this is steep its granny time.
Huffing and puffing and come up to a bit steeper section hummm I might hike bike this section.
Wow the snow is really sticking freaking awesome. I like seeing my tracks in the snow.. Granny gear some more. Oh and hike a bike some more but its snowing its fun.
The Elevation is climbing quick.
I look over and kinda amazing view of the lake there is a fog over the lake. Wow look at the town of June.
After about a 1.3 miles of hard core climbing we hit an Aspen grove their leaves are gone I think there ready for ski season also.
I want to say it starts to flatten out a bit but the trail is easier to ride compared to what we just climbed there is a couple inches of pow on the ground now. epic!!!!!
Where riding thru this small valley of Aspens and Pines for about another mile then it opens to a June Mountain Ski run.
There is to much snow to define the trail. There should be another 1.4 miles of single-track before we hit the wilderness sign and have to go back. We rode around to find the trail no luck so we decided we would come back to fine the traverse when the snow resided. Riding back I thought, pretty cool seeing or tracks in the snow. I was having such a good time thru the rolling flat sections. The steeper trail I was looking forward to was not so fun my brakes gave out. They warn down so I had to pretty much hike the trail down not that excited about that. I did try to ride it but I was picking up way to much speed and had no bail out spots.
I am going to come back and revisited this trail soon unless the snow gets to deep.
Now that Mammoth Bike Park is closed for the season its time to get my focus back to earning those turns. Bike park was fun. The Downhill Village Championship (VCs) bike races where a blast sponsored by Mammoth Outdoor Sports
and KamiKaze Bike Games where highlights of my DH season. I Met a few new friends this season including the group from June Lake Brewery, which I can not wait until they are open. Their tasty samples of brew was a pallet’s orgasm. Ok back to the Mono Lake Loop since I have purchased my Fatbike my idea has open up to more opportunities of places to ride I thought it would be cool to ride the coastline of Mono Lake until I drove down Navy Beach ( Mono Lake) and saw the signs no bike riding so I just pedaled about 5 miles on a gravel road then headed to the Mono Lake Visitors Center to buy a Topo Map to see what I could ride.
I made a post on FatbikeMammoth Facebook page to see if anyone was interested “Any mountain bikers want to ride around mono lake in the next couple weeks? start in Lee Vining Mono Vistors center 395 to Cemetery rd 2N40 gravel rd to 3N06 gravel rd to 1N54 gravel rd to 1N51 gravel rd to 1N44 to parking lot about 40-45 mile rolling double track to fire road.” A couple people where interested but only Alan was able to make it.
We carpooled to the Mono Visitor Center it was very cool glad I had my Leg warmers arm warmers and my Northface Ultralight windbreaker sure it looks like a 100$ trash bag but it keeps you warm. So we set off on little double track downhill then we had to connect to 395
We rode the shoulder of 395 (which had some nice views and probably the closest views of the lake) for about 3 miles where we connected to Cemetery RD.
You will pass Tioga Lodge looks like a nice place to stay and Mono Inn which if you can time it right has a great happy hour and live music. Once you hit Cemetery RD you pass Mono park which if you are like me great place to use the facilities and fill up on water. If you are into cool old cemeteries there is one here assuming thats why they call this road Cemetery RD. We cruised along after about a mile or two we begun back on a gravel road riding around Black Point. Around Black Point we had a nice Downhill with a great View of the Lake.
Soon we came to a split straight was Cemetery rd to Hwy 167 right was a great double track 2N40 there is no signage here but we just kinda assumed from the Topo Map and the forest map Alan had on his Iphone the double track weaved thru some Pinon Pines and Rabbit Brush and Sage with almost dry lake terrain.
Now on the back side of the lake we came across some Desert Art.
A little more double track then you pop out at HWY 167 there are some private homes on the back of the Lake reason for not being able to keep going on double track.
We ride on HWY 167 for about a mile and a half or less then you pop back on 3N05 to 3N06 there are no signs here either, so we check are maps to make sure we are heading the right way. The trail starts to get really Sandy ok thinking sweet glad we are on FatBikes
We are starting to see dried up Alkali Ponds there are long stakes setup so you know we are on the trail there are big dunes here and one even took over the trail like the movie The Blob but we follow the 4×4 tracks around the Dune holding back wanting to climb the Dune and free ride down but I did not want to waist energy knowing we still had about half to ride still.
The Sandy trails which where kinda fun floating over the sand like a tank. I did stop to let a little more air out of the tires..
Ok tanking it over the soft trail until we merged with 1N54 there is a warm spring here. The trail began to turn fast, like dry lake bed fast. We would hit a couple pot holes that where filled with silt and reminded that winter is near and will be making some pow turns soon or the way the canon poofs when San Diego Chargers makes a Touchdown at home games. After about 4 or 5 miles we hit really sandy trail again the sand was pretty deep a couple times and I was tired so I would hike a bike it. This was at about the 1/3 Mark to go. This is where you began to see the lake again. You can see some Tufas, nice the trail turns to gravel and you link up with the road that goes down to Navy Beach where its pretty cool to drop in your paddle board or Kayak around the Tufas.
So we made a quick left and a quick right to 1N51 here you see the towering south tufas your a bit away from them but worth hiking down to them.
Just riding along and you go over a bridge which is Rush Creek and if you ran out of water you can drink here sure you may have a chance of Giardia but someone said its good for weight loss haha…
Riding along you see some more Tufa’s you hit Picnic Grounds gravel road there is some old cabins that I thought was pretty cool.
yep riding along you get a great vantage point of Paoha Island which your aloud to camp August 2 thru March 31st, April 1st thru August 1st closed due to one of the largest Sea Gull Breeding Habitats. Ok back to riding along a fast gravel road you come up to wash out creek no bridge for this one and by the way it is fall season so the color of the trees where firing SO NICE!!! we did ride thru the creek, feet are getting wet but the day warmed up so it was refreshing awwww
That extra kick to make it to the car we past the old rusted car. We new we just had what felt like 500ft of double track to climb back to the truck.
Rewind back to 2012, A buddy and I bought Fat Bikes around November of 2012 never meet each other before we had fat bikes but until we found out we where not allowed to ride are bikes on groomed cross country ski runs did we decide to unite. We later found out that we had the same interest in what we use to call mountain biking now we call Adventure biking. I say this because in the early years before Bike Parks and organized mountain bike groups that went out and built beautiful groomed flow trails you would pack a lunch, go out find a strip of dirt or animal trail no matter how over grown it was you would ride it or hike a bike it. ok so any way Alan and I had talked about heading out on some big adventure rides he mentioned the coyote traverse part of a legendary race I had heard about The Sierra 7500 which caught my attention looked up the route in the guide book Mountain Biking Mammoth & the Eastern Sierra found all the details. On Febuaray 2012 We drove to Big Pine dropped a car off on W. Carver Street in front of a church built in 1896.
Then drove up to Parchers resort when its open a great place to grab a drink or a bite but it was closed for the winter. The trail starts at 9,250 feet The day started in the morning around 28 degrees F we headed up a gravel road over a bridge which is on Private Land there is a fence there but a walk around up to a sandy double track perfect for Fat Bikes probably around 500 feet of climbing we started to hit snow which was packed down nicely from snowshoers and the snow was nice and firm to ride on due to the temps.
As we kept climbing and we ran out of snowshoe tracks the snow became deeper and the temps warmed up to high 40s we post holed it for a few miles
We made it to a hut
We hiked thru the snow another milish we where only moving about a mile an hour we started to realize that we where running out of daylight and we where not going to make this ride and we might endanger are self’s so we decided to turn around and make this a fall trip before the snow flies.
so fast forward to October 3rd 2013 Alan, Myself invited John and Jeff and left Mammoth at 7am drove back to the historic church and dropped a truck off and headed back up to Parchers resort where we meet up with Jeremy who we talked to thru Strava to get this #ridebikeswithfriends ride started. The morning was a cool fall day I ran inside Parchers to grab a red bull and we all suited up for what began a 12 hour day. Now that the snow had melted the Double track was a bit of a sandy climb with traces of deer tracks.
I took my fatbike for this ride again, thinking glad I did since it was a bit soft. The climb was steep with breath taking views after awhile of climbing we had a slight downhill to a run down hut of sorts all five of us stopped for a break to check it.
After eating some snacks and yaking it was time to move on.
The road started to climb, this climb became steep hike a bike style.
After a few more miles of this steep climb we came to the vista amazing you where in the backcountry on your bike with just Jaw dropping views
We came to a service road that was semi flat and rolling I started to get dropped a bit thinking hum wishing I had my hard tail 29r. We hit this great double track.
Then a nice fast rocky downhill where i was loving my fatbike again especially after Alan and Jeremy got a flat. They got there flats fixed and headed on a service road that is used by Rhinos often. We found Baker Cabin which was pretty cool there was a bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey which I like so Jeff and I took a swag a piece, good stuff!!!
It was great because here is where the true Adventure began for most of us to find the single track that would take to Glacier Lodge and then back down the 9 mile fast fun road back to the truck.
The single track (which my Iphone died so I was not able to take any photos) had probably not been maintained in about 20 years. The first mile was a little hard to find but someone did stack rocks up to show you the way. For me when the trail was a little more defind I was having a good time because the fatbike was like a slow moving tank just rolled over stuff. Just before the steep sandy single track out to the road we saw probably about 30-40 deer that was pretty freaken awesome. I never get tired of seeing wild life. So after the Sandy singletrack that I would just float over on my fatty it was a fun 9 mile road ride back to the car..
We where all so Hungry we stoped at the Burger Barn in Bishop and you could feel your body just absorbing the food.
What a day it was almost a backpacking trip on two wheels a Sierra Epic ride for sure!!!