Eastern Sierra Mountain Biking Report & Information Guide

Monday, July 8th, 2024 @ 10 AM Happy Mountain Biking Summer of 2024. The local trail conditions are still in good condition, with surfaces ranging from firm to loose and sandy in spots as the ground has dried out from the wet season. Everyone I encounter on the trails from Bishop up to the Bike Park is stoked about this summer season.

If you’re coming up to ride in the area during July and August, my advice is to hit the high country trails and do laps in the bike park. If you want to ride in the Bishop area, you must be on your mountain bike by 7 AM; it’s too hot to ride after 10 AM.

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is now almost 100% open. The Gondola now opens to the top, along with the Discovery Chair and the Discovery Park. The Bike Park Shuttle also runs from the Village every 1/2 half hour. Chair 2 also runs Friday – Sundays through Labor Day.

Skid Marks and Off the Top have opened and are in excellent condition. Velocity and Beach Cruiser have also opened. You now have your choice of Cross-Country Riding or Downhill Fun. If you have been wanting to ride the bike park, it’s in the best shape I have seen in a couple of years.

For more ideas of other places to ride in the Eastern Sierra at this time, scroll down the page to the full Mountain Bike Report sections.

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Cam Z on Velocity - Photo from the MM Bike Park
Cam Z on Velocity – Photo from the MM Bike Park

Mammoth Mountain & Eastern Sierra Recreational Weather

Here is what you can expect in the High Country into next Friday: Skies will be mostly clear with no thunderstorms in the forecast. Midday temperatures at the 8900-foot level (Main Lodge / Lake Mary) will be in the low 80s, and overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.

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. Expect stronger gusts over Sierra ridges and at the top of Mammoth Mountain.

Midday temperatures in Mammoth Lakes will be in the upper 80s, dropping into the mid-80s by Thursday. Overnight lows will also warm into the upper 50s to lower 60s. The wind will be out of the SW at 5-10 MPH, with gusts to 15-25 MPH.

Midday temperatures from Crowley Lake to Toms Place will be in the low to mid-90s, with overnight lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

For Bishop to Mill Pond, mid-morning into the evening, temperatures are expected to be very hot at 104-108. Overnight lows will come down in the mid-to-upper 60s just before sunrise. Expect afternoon winds of 5-10 MPH, with gusts up to 15 MPH possible. 

Check out my full weather write up along with images from weather bell at this link.
Mammoth Weather Story from the Snowman

Eastern Sierra Mountain Bike Report

>>Mountain Biking Disclaimer Alert<<

Village Championship Mountain Bike Racing News: This Summer you have both cross country and downhill races action to choose from. The races are free, but it’s mandatory to pre-register online at the SEMBA website.
 
The VCDH series is back! 4 FREE DH races – on July 26, August 9, 23, and September 6th. Courses: Flow, Follow Me, Velocity, The Eliminator (mass start of course).
 
VC Cross Country Racing, the dates are Thursday, July 25; and Thursday, August 8. Here is the link for the details and the mandatory online registration. The Pedalpalooza is August 17th and just about sold out; the last of the spots are available at the SEMBA website at this link.
 

The Mammoth Mountain Bike Park: The park is open with access to Off the Top via the Gondola and access to Break Through via Chair 2. During the 4th of July holiday week the bike park plans to run Chair 2 out of the Mill daily through Sunday July 7th. After that chair 2 will run Friday – Sundays each week into Labor Day weekend.

Here are a few of the 22 Trails (40 miles) now open in the Mammoth Bike Park: Big Ring, Paper Route, Beach Cruiser, Timber Ridge, Juniper, Smooth Rider, Shut Gun, Lakes, Seven Bridges, and Shock Treatment. Conditions out in the park are great as trails are just opening up and have been raked and groomed out.

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.