9.11.14 – Z Ranch, 6:00pm
— Here’s what we discussed:
- Thank you to the 12 people that made it to the meeting, and many others that emailed they couldn’t make it but wished they could. We focused solely on the Final Wilderness Inventory maps that were created by the USFS as part of the ongoing Forest Plan Revision process. There are many areas that might be proposed for Wilderness designation that could very negatively affect our mountain biking opportunities in the Inyo National Forest.
- We printed out large maps from the Forest Service website and studied the areas that are being included in the proposed Wilderness Inventory.
- We came up with a list of areas of proposed Wilderness that severely affect current mountain biking opportunities, as well as areas that could be developed for mountain biking in the future and should be protected from Wilderness designation to keep those opportunities alive.
- We are quickly working to create maps with GIS data that includes mountain biking & fat biking rides/trails in these “proposed Wilderness” areas to include with our comments.
- We will submit these maps and comments before the Sept 22nd and Sept 29th deadlines.
- Next week, we will send out an email with our comments (for you to use and study as you see fit), all the info to make it SUPER EASY to submit your individual comments, or sign on with MLTPA’s comments. If you’re not part of our Google Group, shoot us an email and we’ll get you on the list.
Other than that, we drank beer and ate cheap chili dogs and fries.
Everybody’s first response to this one is, “Huh?”
This is a great ride for climbers and endurance nuts that want to earn some great turns. You’ve gotta be game for some lung punishment.
Its a fairly easy route to navigate, since it’s a combo platter of three classic out-and-back rides: Mountain View Trail, Starkweather Trail, and Hard Core Trail. Starkweather and Hard Core are 5 miles each and Mountain View makes the stem of the “Y” (see the map below) – Hence the weird name. With 3,600′ of climbing over 22 miles, it doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a mini epic that’s worth every penny of sweat equity. ** Note: Starkweather Trail is seasonal – so make sure it’s legal before hand.
- Ride Type: Three Out and Back’s
- Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced climbing and descending skills required. This is some lung-buster climbing with high speed descents.
- Time of Year: Late Spring and Fall (dependent on when Starkweather is open)
- Terrain/Conditions: Singletrack, Double Track
- Access: From town, drive up Highway 203 towards Main Lodge of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Make a right turn at the “Earthquake Fault” sign. Park in the lot. There is a trailhead near the bathrooms for Mountain View Trail. Start heading up and turn right at the T to start the ride.
- Length: 22.3 miles
- Approx. Time: 3-4 hours
- Lowest Elevation: 7,991′
- Highest Elevation: 10,244′
- Total Elevation Gain: 3,599′
- Bike Recommendation: Lightweight XC mountain bike is best. Full suspension or hardtail.
- GPX File: Available by contacting us
Turn by Turn (in miles):
You can view turn by turn directions for each of the three rides by clicking on them above. Traditionally we ride it this way:
- Climb Mountain View
- Descend Starkweather
- Climb Starkweather
- Climb Hard Core
- Descend Hard Core
- Descend Mountain View