Welcome to the Shady Rest – Inyo Craters Trail Project.
Here you will find information, maps, trail user survey, images and more!
The unique landscape to the north of the Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML), managed almost entirely by the Inyo National Forest, from Highway 203 and the Shady Rest Campgrounds to the north end of the Inyo Craters, comprises vast stands of old-growth Jeffrey Pine, numerous volcanic and geological features, expansive views stretching from the Glass Mountains to the Headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Owens River (source of 60% of Los Angeles’ drinking water), and 100’s of miles of U.S. Forest Service roads built for by-gone resource extraction, mining and timber operations. It is home to coyotes, foxes, mule deer, mountain lions and black bears and is a popular destination for dispersed camping, motorized recreation, e-biking, mountain biking, hiking, cross-country and backcountry-skiing and snowmobiling.
This unique landscape, combined with its proximity to the municipal interface, requires deliberate recreational use management, including sustainable trail and infrastructure design, to protect and preserve – for generations to come – not just the quality of the recreational experiences, but also the landscape and ecosystems these experiences depend on. We have an amazing opportunity to work together to plan a well-designed and managed trail system that makes sense for trail users while improving the existing condition of the environment.
In an effort to engage with OHV users and opportunities in the Shady Rest Inyo Craters sub-region, TOML applied for and was awarded a three-year planning grant from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division Grant Program in 2020. The TOML, in partnership with Inyo National Forest – Mammoth Ranger District and Mono County, is using the California OHV planning grant funds for on-the-ground planning and environmental review (NEPA/CEQA) in order to optimize existing OHV trail facilities that serve a wide spectrum of user groups and to consider enhanced opportunities for trails and sustainable recreation in the Shady Rest Inyo Craters sub-region.
Proliferation of user-created trails, lack of clear wayfinding information, and other public feedback indicate the area will benefit from systematic improvements. By enhancing the existing OHV trail network and devising new OHV trail facilities, this effort aims to mitigate resource concerns while providing a more enjoyable and safer experience for OHV users including motorcycles, quads, e-bikes, side-by-sides and 4X4s. This effort may also provide better access for camping, fishing, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, climbing, and biking.
PROJECT AREA MAP
Explore the project area using this interactive map.
Toggle the arrows in the upper left to reveal the map legend. Use the “+” and “-” buttons to zoom.
View static maps in “Project Resources” section below.
*Map is for visualization purposes only. All lines and points representing new infrastructure are conceptual and intended as ideas, not a proposed action.
This project includes trails that are classified as multi-use, motorized natural surface trails. The trails will be designed and constructed to accommodate hikers, bikers, runners, OHV’s, OSV’s, nordic and backcountry skiers, and equestrians.
Yes. The trails being designed with this planning grant will be open to all uses and users.
Once a project proposal is submitted, the U.S. Forest Service will determine the appropriate environmental analysis.
TAKE THE SURVEY
As part of the planning process, we want to hear from YOU! The planning team has developed a survey to better understand what you, the trail user, would like to see on your public land. Please take a minute to share your thoughts.
*You may also CLICK HERE to take the survey in your web browser.
SHARE YOUR SUPPORT!
We hope you have enjoyed learning about this project and find these resources helpful. If you would like to send a letter of support, we have created a template you can use as is or personalize. The more support we can show the bigger the impact we will have on the outcome. Our goal is to create a united voice to speak for our communities and trail users. Just click the icon to the right to download. Thanks!
Need more information? Email questions and comments to TOML Trails Manager, Joel Rathje. Click the link below and use “SRIC Trail Planning Project” in the subject line.