ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Town of Mammoth Lakes receives an estimated 2.8 million visitors annually, with high and concentrated use occurring in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. A “Destination Recreation Area” (Inyo National Forest Land Management Plan; 2019), these areas are characterized by “high levels of recreation, supported by more facilities, amenities, and services than other areas and a variety of activities available.” Due to increased visitation, limited parking, and persistent resource damage caused by user-created trails, the Town of Mammoth Lakes is building approximately 2.5 miles of multi-use, non-motorized U.S. Forest Service system trail(s) to provide additional recreation opportunities and connect trail users to popular destination features and facilities in the Lakes Basin cirque.
Trails are being constructed to U.S. Forest Service specifications and will replace user-created trails with sustainably designed trail alignments. There are several user-created trails in the vicinity and the desired outcome is to consolidate trail use to the system trails. The trail that connects Twin Lakes with the Lakes Basin Bike Path at Twin Falls Overlook and Picnic Area will be new construction replacing a user-created trail along the waterfall that has exhibited substantial erosion and ongoing impacts to natural resources. Decommissioning and restoration of user-created trails, along with the installation of wayfinding, regulatory, and trail etiquette signage are all part of this project.