Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking Report & Information Guide

Footloose Sports Bike Repair Mammoth Lakes 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.

To get the best quality viewing, choose the 4K setting. **Videos this Spring, Summer and Fall 2024 are made possible by the Footloose Sports Bike Shop

If you’re looking for an E-MTB or Regular Mountain Bike Rental check out Footloose Sports. They are located at the Corner of Old Mammoth Road and Main Street at the entrance to Mammoth Lakes. 760-934-2400 is their landline.

Mountain Biking Conditions in the Eastern Sierra

2-20-24 – Where can you ride a mountain bike during February of 2024? First up, let’s cover where you can’t ride ride now. Mono County above the 6000-6500 level has snow on the ground that includes the upper 2 sections of the Lower Rock Creek Canyon Trail.

I have not driven by the confirmation, but the lower section should be all snow-free except for right at the top. Of course, the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is now under snow, but the 20-30 feet that was the ground last year. 

Most of the bike trails on the hill have 3-6 feet on them right now, so you can expect the trail around Canyon Lodge and Little Eagle to open around Memorial Day. I would expect by July 4th this Summer, the Bike Park will be 100% open.

What is Ride-able now is everything below the 6000 foot level, all service roads and trails you find out there are in great shape to ride a Mountain Bike on. The dirt is moist right now from Wilkerson over to West Bishop and over the Mill Pond area.

Here is a link to the Google Maps for these areas. To find a place to park and ride on that map, just zoom in, and you can see all sorts of open dirt roads. Many of these roads have single-track trails that break off from the road you can explore.

All the roads and trails you will find on that map are on BLM, DWP, and Forest Service Land. You are allowed to ride in these areas as long as they are not signed as closed. On Forest Service roads that are closed, you can check with the forest service as many times you can still ride a mountain bike or peddle assist mountain bike on those roads. Just check in with the forest service before you ride on any road marked closed.

The Forest Service also offers the Poleta Canyon OHV Area, which is located at the end of West Line St. If you use the My Mountain Bike Project App, you will find several trails that are ridable in that area. You will also find miles of unmarked trails and roads that are not on that app.

Poleta Ridge and Canyon Trails are a blast to ride, they are just difficult to access with the Black Mountain road still under a ton of rumble.

My advice is to break out your Class 1 Mountain Bike and ride up the Poleta Trails and then back down. I personally plan to ride all these areas over the next 90 days and will have video, photos, and my own maps to post later this year.

Riding an older OHV Trail outside of Bishop
Riding an older OHV Trail outside of Bishop

Photos Summer 2023

Website Author – Steve Taylor from Bishop, California

Steve has been Mountain Biking in the Mammoth 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, along with videos and photos so you can see for yourself. Steve moved to Mammoth Lakes in 1990 and down to Bishop in 2019. He currently rides six days a week and is excited to share his local Mountain Biking knowledge with you.