The Mammoth Lakes Trail System offers boundless recreation opportunities on more than 300 miles of trails. From granite crags to trout-stocked lakes, pine forests to alpine meadows, there’s something for all seasons, interests and abilities, motorized and non-motorized alike. Managed jointly by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest, the system includes connections to three wilderness areas, Devils Postpile National Monument, the Pacific Crest Trail and more. Many of these attractions are accessible right from the center of town!
The Trail System website, MammothTrails.org, provides a comprehensive online guide to the area with maps, directions, recreation handouts, Trail System projects, trail conditions, weather information and more.
Since 2006 the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest have been working in partnership with the Mammoth Lakes community to define, develop and maintain one of the best alpine recreation areas in the country. Through collaborative planning and stewardship within the Town’s sphere of influence, the Mammoth Lakes Trail System is maintained and improved as a comprehensive and sustainable recreation asset. Our community’s health, quality of life, and local economy continue to improve along with it.
Mammoth Lakes Recreation is proud to provide key oversight and direction for the Trail System program by convening regular meetings of the “Mammoth Trails Committee.”
“The vision of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan makes it unique. It envisions an integrated system of infrastructure and programs that support recreation and mobility simultaneously, by seamlessly connecting homes, hotel, businesses, recreation nodes, and backcountry experiences. It is based on the notion that the recreational trail experience begins when you leave your home or hotel, not just when you park your car at the trailhead. For this reason, this plan includes a strong focus on providing facilities that will improve access to trails from all modes of transportation.” – Mammoth Lakes Trail System Master Plan, Executive Summary
Details about the Mammoth Lakes Trail System structure and governance are available on the mammothtrails.org “About” page.