Home of the legendary Kamikaze, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park in California features over 80 miles of single-track and fire-road bike trails starting from the mountain's peak at 3,000 feet. This makes it the biggest bike park in the West! You start you day at the Adventure Center which is just up the hill from Mammoth Village, and is the main access point for the trail uplift. Use the Discovery Chair to check out the beginner trails, or take the Panorama Gondola for the intermediate and advanced terrain, with a mid-station stop giving you access to plenty of trails if you’re too impatient to ride to the top!
Mammoth is an epic venue that stirs memories for any rider over the age of 30 - Myles Rockwell and Missy Giovi screaming down the infamous mountain of pumice on the Kamikaze trail with the classic Cannondale SV4000 DH bike in a perfect two-wheel drift! But the Mammoth Trail Crew have done a great job of dealing with the loose stuff on many of the single track trails, with expertly placed paving slabs to help a rider’s search for flow. Along with copious amounts of wood used for drops, jumps, and wall rides, it all means that you won’t get stuck in the pumice for long.
The Twilight Zone trail is where the hardcore downhillers hang out, and features an epic wall ride known as the Deep End; at 9 feet tall and 50 feet wide it throws you round the corner at fighter-pilot g-force! Pipeline is one of Mammoth’s signature trails, and jumps are the name of the game here. There are two line options - blue or black diamond, with the blue line serving up tabletops for those with more development to do and the black line presenting gaps jumps of a pretty demanding size. Choose carefully! Chain Smoke is a Mammoth icon already; a super techy downhill trail with an infamous natural rock feature known as the Waterfall - a rock roll that requires some serious stones but with pavers installed on the run-out that make it a little less threatening. And at the other end of the scale, the Downtown Trail offers family-friendly fun. At five miles long, it starts by the Main Lodge and ends down in the village so you can head straight to the bar to recover. Of course there are plenty of cross country trails here too, and Mammoth is a BIG bike park. So throughout the trail network you’ll find shaded rest stops with drinking water and picnic tables for when you need a break. How considerate!
If you’re down in Mammoth Village itself then you can take the Bike Park Shuttle up to the Adventure Center. It picks you up in town on Canyon Boulevard, right next to the Mountain Center, and runs approximately every 30 minutes during the daytime opening hours. There are rentals, repairs and retail shops available at the Adventure Centre by the gondola, and of course many more options in the village itself. And to top it all off, Mammoth has it’s own brewery, so make sure you check out the Epic IPA from the Mammoth Brewing Company after a day on the trails.