Originally Posted by Ax5holmes
Im new to jeeping and heading up to mammoth lakes to backpack in about a month, and just wondering if anyone knows of some good beginner trails to test out while im up there?
Mid April is pretty early to be setting out backpacking up there. You're going to find a lot of snow above about 8500 feet or so.
I don't know any trails that are really 4x4 specific up there, but there are certainly tons of long dirt roads all over long valley that can take you to all sorts of cool places. For the most part, dispersed camping is ok anywhere east of 395 (excluding around Crowley lake which is not USFS land). So you can just take off down any old fire road and drive till your tired. Many of them can be run in the family car. But will lead you to some nice little fishing spots, pretty meadows, etc. Be sure to check out the hotsprings along whitmore tubs road. Those are a great stop after a long dusty day. But if you're travelling with young family approach slowly as sometimes the tub users are 'clothing optional'. And as you're probably aware, the people who opt not to wear clothes are pretty much never the ones you want to see naked. So try not to scar your kids for life!
Have fun, lots of good dirt up there.