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Unread 03-17-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
Ax5holmes
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Mammoth lakes jeeping trails?

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?

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Unread 03-18-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Most of the trails up in that area are fire roads. The Roger Mitchell book, High Sierra SUV Trails Volume 1 The East Side. This book has plenty of trails in that area to keep you busy and some that go to some good fishin holes. ISBN 0-9707115-1-4. You will have to google it but you can download the .gpx files for most of the runs in that book.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Laurel Lakes is a fun trail. Probably still blocked by snow though..
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Unread 03-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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The dirt road from Laws. CA (near Bishop) to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a fun, and easy trek.

Go to Bishop, go North on 6 then turn right on to Silver Canyon Road. Pass the Museum and then go up, and up, and up, and up. Fun, and very scenic ride. Not hard core, you probably won't even need to shift to 4wd, unless you want to. Don't go if you are scared of heights and don't want to drive near huge drop offs with no guard rails.

The world famous Rubicon trail is in that area too.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 05:51 AM   #6
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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?
I just bought my jeep and will be heading to the sierras a lot to fish/camp and now 4x4ing. Send me a PM when you're thinking about heading up. I know of a bunch of spots in the mammoth area.
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