Ride Report: Lake Canyon Trail – Lundy Lake, CA
This is an ass kicker. No doubt about it. Don’t let the first 1/4 mile of pleasant singletrack fool you. Your legs better be warm, as you climb over 1,600′ in only 3 miles. This is an old 1880’s gold mining road that leads up to May Lundy Mine and Oneida Lake. Much of it has deteriorated to singletrack, and it will get better if more people ride it. In addition to the steep grade, the terrain is rocky and loose in many areas, making the climbing very tough. Of course, the views are impeccable. Right off the bat, you get great views of Lundy Lake and the campground. Eventually you make your way into the glacial valley, paralleling Lake Canyon Creek and eventually crossing over it. Shortly after, you reach Blue Lake and Crystal Lake on your left. We strongly suggest you park your bike at the May Lundy Mine informational kiosk (3 miles) just before the Hoover Wilderness Boundary, and continue hiking to the mine, and Oneida Lake if you like. Reminder – no bicycles allowed past the Wilderness Boundary! There are lots of old mining relics around, and a nice views in all directions. The ride down is a fast, fun, brake burning descent back to your car!
- Ride Type: Out and Back
- Aerobic Difficulty: Short, steep climb is tough on the lungs
- Technical Difficulty: Moderately technical (some rocks and shale)
- Time of Year: Summer and Fall (sometimes late spring – depending on snow pack)
- Terrain/Conditions: A mix of singletrack and doubletrack – some shale/rock gardens – gorgeous high alpine scenery and a historic abandoned mine.
- Access: From the junction of Highway 395 and the 203 at Mammoth Lakes, drive north on the 395 for 32 miles. Exit left towards Lundy Lake. Drive for 3.5 miles and veer left on Lundy Dam Rd. Park at the dam. The ride starts at the gate.
- Length: 6 miles
- Approx. Time: 1.5 – 2.5 hours
- Lowest Elevation: 7,808′
- Highest Elevation: 9,494′
- Total Elevation Gain: 1,665′
- Bike Recommendation: This can be ridden with pretty much any off-road bike, but a lightweight/ full suspension xc bike is ideal.
- GPX File: Available by contacting us
Turn by Turn (in miles):
0.0 – Go past the gate and ride up to the informational kiosk. After reading, head left on the singletrack. Get ready to climb!
2.0 – Cross the creek, and enjoy a short section of flat riding. This is a great spot to take a break.
3.0 – Reach the May Lundy Mine informational sign. Although the actual Wilderness Boundary is 0.2 miles past here, this is where we park our bikes and hike up to the mine. Walk ahead, and veer right in 0.1 mile and start climbing (going straight will take you to a dead end and an arsenic warning sign). Once you reach the main mine shaft, you can continue hiking up to Oneida Lake as well. Eventually, make your way back to your bike and start the descent.
6.0 – Reach the dam gate, end of ride.