Ride Report: Horseshoe Lake Loop
This trail is a great introduction to mountain biking and marvelous for families with kids. It’s shaded in the trees, so it never gets too hot and the views of Horseshoe Lake and the back side of Mammoth Mountain are nice as well. There are many opportunities to stop and take a breather, and the trail is rarely crowded. It’s mostly flat, with minimal climbing and descending. If you’re looking for more riding, try riding up from town on the bike path, and possibly integrating the Panorama Dome Trail and/or Mammoth Rock Trail.
- Ride Type: Loop (counter-clockwise as we describe it, but it can be ridden both ways)
- Difficulty: Non-Technical, Easy with Minimal Climbing
- Time of Year: Summer and Fall (sometimes late spring – depending on snow pack)
- Terrain/Conditions: Mostly smooth single and double-track, with a brief stint on a dirt road and short section of the paved bike path
- Access: You can drive up Lake Mary Rd from town (Main St turns into Lake Mary Rd at the intersection of Minaret). Lake Mary Rd terminates at Horseshoe Lake. Another alternative is to put your bike on the rack of the trolley which departs from The Village and takes you up to the Lakes Basin (check with Eastern Sierra Transit for the current schedule). Similarly, you can ride the Town Bike Path all the way up into the Lakes Basin if you’re seeking a longer/ more invigorating ride. Whichever way you decide to access the trail – once you’re in the Horseshoe Lake parking lot, make your way to the MAMBO bike trail kiosk next to the huge Horseshoe Lake Trailhead sign. This is where the ride begins.
- Length: 1.8 miles
- Approx. Time: 1/2 hour
- Lowest Elevation: 8,936′
- Highest Elevation: 9,000′
- Total Elevation Gain: 94′
- Bike Recommendation: This can be ridden with pretty much any off-road bike.
- GPX File: Available by contacting us
Turn by Turn (in miles):
0.0 – The ride starts heading southbound, out of the parking lot next to the kiosk, and onto a dirt road.
.20 – veer left and go over a few bridges
.34 – veer right at the bike sign, climbing slightly up to the singletrack
.72 – see the remnants of the old campsite and fire place to the left
1.26 – turn left, staying on the dirt trail that parallels the paved path
1.4 – merge with the paved bike path and finish the loop
1.8 – ride ends at MAMBO kiosk