Ride Report: The Double High Five Y
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