Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking Report & Information Guide

Monday, June 24th, 2024 @ 6 AM – Happy Summer Time to all the local and traveling Mountain Bike Crowd. As of this update, most mountain biking trails and OHV roads below the 9500-foot level are ready to ride from Mammoth Lakes down to Bishop.

Above that level, there is still some snow on the ground in many areas. Over the next couple of weeks, most of that snow should melt, and you should be able to ride up to 11,000 feet.

With the snowpack around the average mark this season, all trails and routes in the Eastern Sierra and the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park will be open earlier than later. This will be an excellent year for a full Mountain Bike Vacation but take note that the Bike Park will not be fully up and running until late June this year.

>>> Just down the page, I have a detailed report on the local conditions and some ideas for where to mountain bike in the Eastern Sierra over the next ten days.

Video Player: The player above contains some great trail videos of places you might have never considered riding a Mountain Bike. Make sure to select the 4K options to avoid grainy trail footage.

Mammoth Rock Trail - Manzanita Bush Section
Mammoth Rock Trail – Manzanita Bush Section

Mammoth Mountain & Eastern Sierra Recreational Weather

Here is what you can expect in the High Country into next Thursday: Skies look to remain mostly clear on Sunday, with a 10-30% chance of afternoon Thunderstorms on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Mid-day temperatures at the 8900-foot level (Main Lodge / Lake Mary) will be in the low 70s throughout the period, with a 68 expected by Thursday. Overnight lows in the high country will be comfortable in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Winds on Mammoth Mountain and over the higher elevations will be SW at 5-15 MPH, with gusts up to 20-30 MPH during the afternoon hours through the upcoming week.

Temperatures in Mammoth Lakes will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s, with nighttime lows in the mid-50s. Today, winds will be out of SW at 5-10 MPH, with gusts to 15-20 MPH at times.

Today, midday temperatures from Crowley Lake to Toms Place will be in the mid-to-upper 80s, with overnight lows into the low to mid-50s.

For Bishop to Mill Pond, Summer is on. Mid-afternoon temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 90s, with overnight lows in the mid-50s. Expect afternoon winds of 5-10 MPH, with gusts up to 15 MPH possible.

For Snowman’s Detailed Weather Forecast and Discussion, use this link. Mammoth Weather Story Photo

Eastern Sierra Mountain Bike Report

>>Mountain Biking Disclaimer Alert<<

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park: As of this update, the following trails are open: Shot Gun, Smooth Operator, Gopher Trail, lower Paper Route, Timber Ridge, Juniper, Manzanita, Uptown, Big Ring, and Downtown. There are also three trails open in the Discovery Park: Discotech, Adventure Trail, and Explorer Trail.

Crews are working full-time to clean up and prepare more trails; more information will be posted here as soon as news comes in from the Bike Park.

Also, to note, content from the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park will be posted weekly starting the week of June 24th. For more information on the Bike Park, check out our write-up here.

VC Race Series Summer 2024: No Downhill racing, but there are 4 more cross-country style races coming up. The dates are Thursday, June 27; Thursday, July 11; Thursday, July 25; and Thursday, August 8. Here is the link for the details and the mandatory online registration.

The Pedallaoza is August 17th and just about sold out; the last of the spots are available at the SEMBA website at this link.

Mammoth Lakes Mountain Biking: This week, these are places to Mountain Bike in the Mammoth Area. Try the Connector Trails off of Sherwin Creek Road or Mammoth Rock TrailUptown and Downtown are open, with Free Access to Mountain View Trail.

Inyo Craters Loop and the Big Smokey Bear Loop: These areas are ready to ride. However, the dirt on the trails and roads these riders access is loose and sandy in spots as the area has dried out.

If you want to ride these areas, my advice is to use an E-MTB bike. If you don’t have one, rent one from Footloose Sports or Black Tie Ski & Bike Rentals in Mammoth Lakes. A bit of peddle assist tightens up the loose trail conditions so you can have maximum fun. You can get more information on both of these rides at this link.

(LRC) Lower Rock Creek Trail: All three sections are open, clear, and in prime spring shape. Watch for hikers, fishermen, and dogs along the trail. You can learn more about LRC at this link. Also, to note, folks, E-MTBs are NOT ALLOWED on this Trail.

Sunny Slopes / Upper Gorge Loop is now ridable, but be aware that roads on this route are starting to be a bit sandy. Be ready to power through or use an E-MTB. We need to get a crew together and clean up the road section leading up from the River to the upper sections of this ride. Tons of overgrowth make it almost impossible to ride at this time.

The Poleta Canyon OHV Area is located at the end of E Line St and has miles of open, ridable terrain. Poleta Ridge and Poleta Canyon Trail are open, as are all the OHV Roads and other unnamed single-track trails in that area. Last I heard, the Black Rock Mountain road was still a mess, but a crew from Valley Org will be cleaning the road up sometime soon.

White Mountain Road to the White Mountain Single-Track Trail is open. Be aware that this area offers some very steep climbing in spots; if you plan to ride this area, you better be in mid-season shape or on a class 1 E-MTB. There are also several low-water crossings on the lower part of this route, so be ready for the water.

The Buttermilk Country and the Tungsten Hills are ridable, but only during the early morning hours as the Summer heat bakes this area.

Mill Pond to the Foothill areas of Western Bishop are getting a bit dry, but they are still ridable early in the morning. This area is not the place to ride from mid-morning on during the Summer, as you will encounter temperatures exceeding 100-110 degrees in the direct summer sun.

>> The Footloose Bike Shop is now fully open for Bike and e-bike Rentals and Bike Repair Services. They also have mountain bike and road biking gear available for retail sales. Give them a call at 760-934-2400, and they can answer your questions. Here is the link to their website.

>> Black Tie Ski & Bike Rental also carries Trex E-bikes and Town Cruisers. Use this link to access their rentals in Mammoth Lakes.

If you’re looking for other activities to do while you’re in the area, check out our 25 Things to Do page at this link.

Have a Great Day, Steve Taylor the Snowman – Ride the Eastside!

Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking Photos

Welcome to Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for a unique place to go for a Mountain Bike adventure, you must check out the Eastern Sierra Region.

There are countless opportunities to ride here, from Traditional Mountain Bikes to the new Mountain E-Bikes. You will find everything from single-track action to motocross trails, OHV trails, and forest service roads that lead deep into the back country.

This website is here so you will know where to ride, current trail conditions, and what to expect from the local weather on your next Mountain Bike Trip to the Eastern Sierra.

We cover most of what you can ride at the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, in the Inyo National Forest, and in the Bishop and Big Pine areas. There are miles and miles of mountain biking to be had up here.

While you will find a lot to ride on this site, there are countless roads and off-shot single tracks that are not mapped or marked that you will discover as you investigate this area on your mountain bike.

During most years, there are only a few days when you can’t find a place to ride in the Eastern High Sierra and the Northern Owens Valley. If you’re into Mountain Biking, we hope to inspire you to come up and ride in the Eastern Sierra sometime soon. 

**This website is being built from 2023 into 2024; once we get all the content in, it will be an excellent resource for Mountain Bikers and E-MTB riders. Keep checking back for fresh ideas of where to ride.

Website Author – Steve Taylor (the MammothSnowman) from Mammoth Lakes & Bishop, California

Steve has been Mountain Biking in the Mammoth Lakes and Bishop areas since 1985. At Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking, he is offering up his years of knowledge on where to ride and what the trails are like.

Steve moved to Mammoth Lakes full-time in 1990 and down to Bishop in Late Spring 2019. He currently rides five to six days a week and is excited to share his local Mountain Biking knowledge with you. If you’re into skiing and snowboarding, check out his Winter website at MammothSnowman.com.