Starting with the Discovery Zone, we cover every rider ability level on the spectrum. Wide, smooth and easily lappable, the trails in this area really are some of the most fun on the mountain. From there you can work your way through the plethora of intermediate trails that wind and flow their way through every nook and cranny on the the hill. What about the gnarly stuff? Technical downhill trails, flowy, freeride trails and unique combinations of the 2 make for some of the best advanced and expert riding in the country.
First Timers, Beginners & Beyond
If you're new to mountain biking, The Discovery Zone is the place to start. This is an area dedicated to helping you progress with a smile on your face.
We are proud of all our trails, but here are a few that seem to have developed a bit of a cult following.
Off The Top (intermediate)
Prepare for a visual onslaught as soon as you roll out of the upper gondola. The Mammoth Crest, Minarets, Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak will all be vying for your eyes’ attention, so pull off to the side and take it all in. There’s no better view in mountain biking.
Dirt jumps, wooden ramps, berms, trestles, gaps and an awesome step-up jump make for a feature-laden venture through the forest. Learn how to whip out your tail, manual over rollers and get a feel for air time.
Skid Marks (expert)
Peeling off the southern ridge of the mountain is a steep, rocky trail with switchbacks across the top to Gold Hill. If you’re feeling up to it, hammer the 3,100 feet from the top of the mountain all the way down to Juniper Springs Resort.
This is where it all began. Since 1987 riders have been barreling down the 2,000 vertical foot fire road from the summit to Main Lodge.
Best of Cross-Country
There's a reason Mammoth has the reputation of a world-class, pedal-friendly mountain. Grab a few gel packs, fill your water bottles and give these classics a try.
Beach Cruiser (intermediate)
This four-mile intermediate loop starts with some great climbing through large lodgepole pines, then loops around beautiful Reds Lake before a long roller coaster ride back to the Adventure Center.
Paper Route / Manzanita Loop (intermediate)
A locals' favorite and a great place to “lap-out.” This rolling loop has incredible diversity: fast downhills, technical sections and even a few switchbacks to climb up on the far end.
Brake Through (intermediate)
Climb up towards mid-mountain and connect to trails like Flow, Lincoln Express, Ricochet and Seven Bridges.
Bearing Straits & Gravy Train (intermediate)
Fast and flowy at the start, then climb up above the treeline and on to the massive expanse underneath the Paranoid Flats ski chutes. Accessed via Beach Cruiser.
Pro & Experts Only
Mammoth is a downhiller's paradise, so grab your full face helmet, some body armor, a big bike and get ready to send it.
Chain Smoke (pro)
Starting with one of the most technical rock gardens on the mountain, which also happens to be right underneath the gondola – this trail is going to put your skills, and suspension to the test. Keep an eye out for "the Waterfall", a near vertical chunk of rock midway down the trail.
Fast and varied, this technical trail tempts you to let off those brakes.
Techno Rock (pro)
Just like the name implies, this is a technical, steep trail loaded with mandatory airs and rock rides. Get a look at the rock-to-wood and rock-to-dirt step downs visible from the lower Panorama Gondola.
Starting from the top of Canyon Express (Chair 16) this trail is full-on from start to finish. Highlights include the "Bullet Rock Garden", "Heart of Darkness" and "Elevator Shaft".