The Snowmobile Trail system is quite extensive throughout Mono County and includes many
different parts of the Inyo Forest. The trail system is maintained
by the organizations that care about them, namely the Mammoth Snowmobile
Association and the local vendors. Some of the trails are
"lettered routes" and are in part funded by the California
Off Highway Vehicle Program -the green sticker vehicle registration
- and are groomed by the US Forest Service with state funds. All
snowmobile trails are patrolled on snowmobile by the Mono County
Sheriff's Department for your safety.
The average snow pack is 6-10 feet and elevation can run between
7600 ft to 9104 ft.
There are many places to start your adventure including Smokey
Bear Flats, Shady Rest in the south part of town and the Mammoth Scenic Loop. You will find all the places listed below and more on the north snowmobile trails map or the south snowmobile trails map.
The snowmobile maps in our maps section is a good place to start. However, you can get an updated maps at the Welcome Center in Mammoth.
Popular Snowmboile Trails
Smokey Bear Flat is
one of the largest snow play areas for both snowmobiling, dog sleds
and inner tubing. From the staging area, you can venture off on
many trails. Some of the more popular
Bald Mountain--Elevation 9104 ft."A" and "D" orange
diamond lettered route. Twenty-four miles round trip. Beginner to
Advanced. 3-4 hour ride area. The longest, and highest, snowmobile
trail in Mammoth goes to the top of the mountain.
Lookout Mountain Loop -- Elevation 8352 ft. "L" orange diamond
lettered route. Beginner to Intermediate. Twelve miles round trip
completely encircles the mountain at an elevation of 7800 ft. 2-3
hour ride. South Map.
Sawmill Trail - Tunnel Access --Elevation 8800 ft. "A"
and "B" orange diamond route. Eleven miles round trip.
This trail system is known for its deep snowpack. It is the main
route to/from the Town of Mammoth and starts north of Shady Rest.
1-hour to 2-hour ride.
Shady Rest Park provides
many trails and the staging area is just south of the Visitors Center
off of Highway 203. The "A" trail marked by Orange Diamonds
takes you across the forest to Lookout Mountain and makes a loop.
North and South Maps.
Vista Loop (Blue Trail)
-- Elevation 8615 ft. Beginner route. Eleven miles round trip. 1-hour
ride. The Vista Loop is a great introduction to snowmobiling ride.
Vista Trail is the most popular trail in Mammoth with over 25,000
visitors. To maintain its popularity, it is changed from time to
time as funds are available. The entire trail system offers spectacular
views of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The area to the south is known
as the "Long Valley Caldera."
If you are going to do your own adventuring, be sure to pick up
a copy of the Winter Recreation Map which has all the trails, available
at the Mammoth Visitors Center.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
To Book a Mammoth Snowmobile Adventure - Call City Concierge 866-864-6444
For Trail Information call the Inyo National Forest - 760-924-5500
For owners, hook up with the Mammoth Snowmobile Association - 760-934-6157 - Our friend Bill Sauser is still around to help!