Hello Trail Friends – We are both excited and a bit emotional to be sharing news about our Trails Manager, Joel Rathje.
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Thanks to the recent storms, the MLTS team has been able to get a portion of the Shady Rest Winter Trails groomed and ready for use. Please use caution as only some of the trails have been groomed. Old Shady Loop and a portion of the New Shady Loop are ready to go and were groomed at 4pm on Thursday 11/10/2022. Please plan and stage appropriately as the groomed trails currently do not connect to the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Trail users should be aware that winter signage maps have not yet been deployed.
Huge thanks to all those who came out for our Mammoth Trails meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration. For anyone who couldn’t make it we know you were there with us in spirit. It was wonderful to see everyone and to share all of our Mammoth Lakes Trail System work with you. And it was great to hear your feedback. Your ongoing support and input are the reason for our successes.
Hello Trail Enthusiasts – We can hardly believe it, but the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) is about to turn Ten Years Young! The MLTS was officially established on October 20, 2012 by a Memorandum of Understanding which created a partnership between the US Forest Service and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The ribbon cutting ceremony on that beautiful fall day also kicked-off the implementation of the Trail System Master Plan which had been adopted by the Town Council the previous year. At that time there were just a handful of Trail Days stewardship events each summer to take care of trail maintenance and cleanup. Forest Service staff and a handful of dedicated groups were putting in the hours too, but it wasn’t enough. Knowing where things started, it’s incredible to see all the great ways we’ve grown in this first decade. In light of this exciting 10th Anniversary, we’re happy to invite everyone to our upcoming Mammoth Trails meeting at Mammoth Brewing Company on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on plans for upcoming new trails in the Shewins as described in the “Sherwins Area Recreation Plan” (a component of the Master Plan referred to as “SHARP.”) We’ll also provide a comprehensive overview of our program of layered stewardship, give you an opportunity to provide feedback, and of course, we’re going to celebrate!
Dear MLTS Friends – It’s been an inspiring summer of stewardship on the Mammoth Lakes Trail System. The positive feedback we’ve received from you about trail conditions and cleanliness has been extremely rewarding. We’ve been working to create a layered stewardship system and it is paying off. The variety of programs implemented by the MLTS and others – Trail Crew, Trail Hosts, Water Hosts, Trail Days Volunteers, Lakes Basin Cleanup, Poo Fairy Stations, Tangle Free Waters, Easter Sierra Adopt-A-Trail - all add up to a new level of care and respect for the lands we all love. We are so grateful to everyone who gave their time and helped out throughout the season! But equally exciting, as this summer of trail work winds to a close we’re happy to announce the official opening of several new trails in the Lakes Basin. The Mammoth Lakes community provided recommendations for these trail developments in the Mammoth Lakes Basin as part of the “Lakes Basin Special Study” and we’ll be celebrating their completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 5 at 3 p.m.