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Lower Rock Creek Trail Day – Saturday, Sept. 28th, 2013

Having fun on the third section of Lower Rock Creek

Having fun on the third section of Lower Rock Creek

This year, National Public Lands Day falls on Saturday, September 28th.  To celebrate, we are co-sponsoring a great trail work day on one of our beloved local trails – Lower Rock Creek Mountain Bike Trail.  We are collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Friends of the Inyo, and International Mountain Bike Association.

We need volunteers- especially mountain bikers: So we can prove that we care about our trails, as we try to foster a relationship with land managers in an effort to expand and enhance our riding opportunities in the Inyo National Forest.  This is a great opportunity to give back, and demonstrate solidarity in the mountain biking community.

Fat Bike Mammoth will be providing sandwiches and beverages (beer, soda, water) for lunch.  We are offering shuttles to the top of the trail for anybody that wants to ride the trail after work is done.  So bring your bike and get shreddy!!

We will also be coordinating carpooling efforts by meeting in the Footloose parking lot at 8am, where we’ll sort out transportation, etc.  If you’d like to carpool, please let us know.

Event Details:

  • When: 9/28/13 – Breakfast at 8:30am (bagels and coffee provided).  Trail work from 9a-12:30p
  • Where:  Staging is at the lower parking area of Lower Rock Creek Trail (former Paradise Lodge)
  • What:  We’ll be focusing our efforts on the lowest section – cutting back brush, clearing tread, maintaining wooden bridges, clearing trash, etc.

Other Notes:

  • Water and snacks will be provided (in addition to breakfast and lunch).  Please bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Please wear hiking shoes or boots, long sleeve shirt, and long pants.  If planning to ride your bike after, bring riding clothes to change into, helmet, etc
  • For more info, contact: Kirstin Heins, BLM Recreation Planner: 760-872-5034 / kheins@blm.gov

Click Here to Download the Official Event Flyer

See Ya There!!!


Panorama Dome Trail Work Day – SUCCESS!!

We’d like to thank everybody that spread the word, and especially those who donated their valuable time at the Panorama Dome Trail Day on June 1st, 2013.  What a great way to celebrate National Trails Day!!  The day was a huge success, with a record amount of volunteers showing up (52 people!!).  Such a huge group effort, and a reminder of what an amazing town we live in and get to share with each other.  We look forward to being a part of many more!!  Now get out and ride the Panorama Dome Trail.  It needs some rubber lovin!!  #ridebikeswithfriends

Check out these stats and the slideshow below to see all that was achieved – All photos are courtesy of MLTPA, and the whole photo album can be viewed on their website

52 volunteers (all time record!)
7 staff (FOI, MLTPA and the INF)
286 total volunteer hours (a $6,332.04 value!)
364 feet of new trail constructed
4,118 feet of mountain bike trail rehabilitated
3,347 feet of mountain bike trail maintained
1,266 feet of hiking trail rehabilitated
1 large plastic culvert removed
1 parking lot re-established and defined
2 sign posts installed
40 pounds of trash removed
114 bollard plaques installed
Lots of fun had by all!


Winter Snow Biking Not Allowed on Groomed Trails in Mammoth

Dirty Teeth – Alan's Mountain Biking Adventures

As many of my friends know, I bought a Salsa Mukluk in November and have ridden around 300 miles so far… basically all over Mammoth with it.  I guess ignorance is bliss.  I assumed “multi-use” trails had similar rules in the Winter as they do in the Summer.  Especially since I’ve been reading and watching videos of how other states are embracing these bikes and Nordic Ski Resorts have been allowing them to share groomed trails as well (which means their local land managers – i.e. USFS, BLM, etc are allowing biking to be included with their special use permit).  In fact, I watched this video a couple months ago, where a US Forest Service Representative talks about how their trails in the Teton Range are multi-use with bicycles now legal, and everybody is in harmony. 

But not yet here in Mammoth.  Unfortunately, “no wheeled vehicles” are allowed on…

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