Trail News / Save the Date! Mammoth Trails Meeting January 14, 2021 - 5pm

Save the Date! Mammoth Trails Meeting January 14, 2021 - 5pm

Greetings Trail Users - Here’s the latest news and upcoming events for the Mammoth Lakes Trail System as we all get ready to close out 2020.

Mammoth Trails Meeting – January 14, 2021

Did you know there is an established forum for trail users to get together and collaborate? It’s called Mammoth Trails, and twice a year the Mammoth Lakes Trails System (MLTS) Trails Manager gives an update on what is happening in the local trails world. All trail users are encouraged to attend these meetings to learn, and to participate, in the future of trails in the Mammoth Lakes region. The next meeting is coming up on Thursday, January 14 at 5pm. 

In the Summer of 2008, the Mammoth Trails Charter established a confederation of user groups seeking to “…effectively and inclusively create and enhance recreation for our community.” The goal was to enhance and protect outdoor recreation amenities by fostering strong relationships between user groups that will increase awareness and understanding of multiple uses as well as strengthen our community’s voice for trails and public access.

Mammoth Trails meetings offer a chance for all trail users to come together and learn what the MLTS has proposed to the Inyo National Forest, other projects that are in the works, and to provide insight on proposed or potential projects.  Download and review the original Mammoth Trails Charter.

Priority projects for the MLTS will be discussed at our next meeting on January 14, 2021 at 5:00pm. Please join the conversation! The meeting will be over Zoom; stay tuned for a link.

Winter Trails at Shady Rest 

Winter is here and we will begin grooming the Winter Multi-Use Trails at Shady Rest when there is an 18-inch base of snow.  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. Watch for grooming updates on the mammoth trails conditions page.  

Sherwins Access/Egress

If you plan on heading out into the Sherwins area be sure to find out more information about the Sherwins Access/Egress program and observe our access/egress signage. There are large signs located 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

We look forward to seeing everyone on January 14th. 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.


Joel Rathje

Trails Manager