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Mammoth Trails - User Groups Meeting December 11th - Save The Date!

Friends and Trails Enthusiasts,
The next Mammoth Trails meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 11th at 5:00 PM at the Mammoth Lakes Library. The Mammoth Lakes Trail System team will be sharing details about projects with Mammoth Trails (the local confederation of user groups formed by charter in 2008) and is looking forward to your feedback and ideas.


We are working through environmental review for more trail projects from the Sherwins Area Recreation Plan (SHARP), conceived by members of the Sherwins Working Group in 2009 and documented in the SHARP, and we are excited to share information about our 2019 season of work throughout the Mammoth Lakes Trail System. Please enjoy our Trails Manager Report that I will be sharing with you all. Also some great updates were made to Check for the latest Shady Rest grooming conditions and more on the new Trail Conditions Page which can be found via the homepage (upper right!). And check out some of the great work that’s going on - like the system-wide map update - on the new Project Page.


Winter is here and we are grooming the Winter Multi-Use Trails at Shady Rest. Three miles of groomed trails begin at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Main access to the trail network is just across from the Welcome Center entrance, marked by a sign and a map for orientation. The trails will be groomed for Nordic skiing/skating, walking, fat biking and snowshoeing. The rolling terrain is easily accessible from Town and perfect for most ability levels. This facility is maintained by the Mammoth Lakes Trail System through a Challenge Cost Share Agreement between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Inyo National Forest with funding from Measure R's annual allocation to the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

There are three large signs at the Sherwins Trailhead (Borrow Pit/Propane Tanks), the Mill City Trailhead, and at the junction of the public access corridor and the Sherwins boot pack in the Lakes Basin. The signs provide winter recreation enthusiasts with general topographic, backcountry etiquette and emergency information including avalanche beacon checkers, provided by the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC), so that backcountry travelers can test their equipment before venturing out. Measure U is also playing a supporting role by allowing the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) to provide up to date avalanche advisories in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. The reports will be integrated into the Mammoth Lakes Trail System web site at 


We look forward to seeing everyone at the library on December 11th. We hope you can make it but if you miss it, please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank you for your continuing interest in the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

Best - 

Joel Rathje
Trails Manager, Mammoth Lakes Trail System