Ride Report: Laurel Settling Ponds Loop – Mammoth Lakes, CA
Cruising around the Laurel Settling Ponds is a peaceful ride to do pretty much year round. It’s nice in the Summer on dirt, and it’s usually rideable in the Winter on snow with a fat bike (trucks and snowmobiles tend to pack this area out nicely). The views are spectacular in every direction – Mammoth, The Sherwins, Crowley Lake, The Glass Mountains, etc. and the settling ponds themselves are very scenic. It’s pretty mellow cruising, with hardly any elevation gain. Great to take the dog on a leisurely outing. If you’re looking for more, you can link this the Sherwin Creek/Mammoth Creek Rd. ride. There’s also ample opportunity to explore the many forest service roads in this area, and you can head all the way to Convict Lake. Contact us with any questions about putting a great ride together.
- Ride Type: Lollipop (as described here – many variations exist)
- Difficulty: Non-technical, mild exertion
- Time of Year: All year (as long as trucks and OSV’s have packed the snow in the winter, you can ride with a Fat Bike)
- Terrain/Conditions: 4×4 roads and doubletrack
- Access: From the town of Mammoth Lakes, drive down Highway 203 towards Highway 395. Just before getting on the 395 south, there’s a turnoff on Mammoth Creek Rd. There’s a small parking area here, and oftentimes a Winter closure gate once the snow flies. Park here and start riding south.
- Length: 9.1 miles
- Approx. Time: 1-2 hours
- Lowest Elevation: 7,115′
- Highest Elevation: 7,258′
- Total Elevation Gain: 305′
- Bike Recommendation: XC Mountain Bike during Summer/Fall or Fat Bike at low psi during Winter / snow
- GPX File: Available by contacting us
Turn By Turn Directions (coming soon): – For now, just go out and explore. It’s hard to get lost, as you can always see landmarks and you’re never far from Sherwin Creek Road or Highway 395.