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 backcountry.

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. New Videos Now in edit: Lower Rock Creek, Uptown, Downtown, Mountain View, Toms Place / The Gorge, Mammoth Rock Trail, Poleta Ridge, and Silver Canyon.

**Videos this Summer and Fall are made possible by the Footloose Sports Bike Shop. If you’re looking for an E-MTB Rental like the bike used in this video, 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.

Riding through the Fall Colors on Lower Rock Creek
Riding through the Fall Colors on Lower Rock Creek

Current Trail Conditions in the Eastern Sierra

November 23rd, 2023 @ 7 AM – Trail conditions as of Thanksgiving… The snow line is right around the 8,000-8,500-foot level in most areas from Mammoth down to Rock Creek Canyon and Bishop Creek Canyon. Wherever you plan to ride, do plan to layer up and bring your gloves, or you’re going to have cold hands. 

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is now closed for the season, and all trails from Little Eagle up have snow and ice on them. I have seen people riding Uptown and over on Juniper.

Mammoth Lakes Area: Mountain View has a mix of snow and ice spots; at this point, the route is done for the season. Mammoth Rock Trail has mostly melted, with much of the trail ridable. Just be ready for dirt, snow, and icy patches the father you ride up the trail.

Toms Place & Rock Creek Canyon Area: The Gorge Trail and Upper Rock Creek Canyon Trail are both ridable as of this post. There is some snow in the upper sections of Upper Rock Creek Trail, but the snow cover is thin.

Lower Rock Creek Trail: The Trail is wide open with dry surface conditions. Do note it has been down to freezing nightly in the Canyon, so mid-day rides are best.

Use this link for complete details on Mountain Bike Trails and Routes to Ride in the Toms Place Rock Creek Region.

West Bishop / Poleta OHV Area: All areas are dry at this time, so watch out for the soft and loose sections. Both West Bishop and Poleta are perfect for mid-day rides. Mornings have been cold, with temperatures in the 30s. It’s going get even colder in the Valley, with morning lows expected in the low to mid-20s over the next week. 

Coyote Mountain Road: Open with very sandy and loose conditions.

Silver Canyon & Silver Canyon OHV Trail: Open

Use this link for complete details on Mountain Bike Trails and Routes to Ride in the Bishop Region.

** DISCLAIMER: Many of the routes listed on the website are Black to Double Black Diamond; please use Extreme Caution when picking a ride and then taking it on. You Assume Your Own Risk when using this website’s information. Do Not Ride Alone, and Cell Service is Spotty in some locations. It’s on you if you take any of these rides. You Assume ALL RISK!

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.