Look out Nike! What better way to explore winter and its beauty than
on a set of snowshoes! No longer big and awkward, today's snowshoes
are made out of lightweight, compact and maintenance-free materials.
Snowshoes enable summertime
walkers and backpackers to pursue their favorite activities, photographers
to capture that spectacular image, and bird watchers to observe an
elusive species. A family oriented sport, snowshoeing enables people
of all ages to comfortably tour the winter countryside at their own
pace. No special techniques are required; if you can walk, you can
snowshoe! It is just that simple.
Most all of the Forest is open to snowshoers. There
are a handful of areas where snowshoeing
is not permitted, due largely to the unique print snowshoes
create along the trail. The snowmobile
maps in our travel section show the trails as does the
Trail Guide. The winter recreation map is also available at
the Visitor Center on Highway 203.
like other outdoor winter activities, is a physical
recreation. Dressing in layers provides the flexibility to shed
clothing as necessary, and then add layers should the temperature
or activity level drop. Waterproofed hiking boots, wool socks, a
warm hat, gloves and sunglasses will all contribute to an enjoyable-rather
than miserable-day on the trail. Always pack a detailed topographic
map of the area, a compass, food and water. Be sure to tell
a Forest Ranger or friend when you take off on one of the other trails.
Weather in Mammoth can change quickly
and you could get caught in a storm. Be sure to check back in when
you are finished.
Have fun, and remember that the Forest is protected lands, the only
thing you can take in the Forest are pictures.
For More Information
Mammoth Welcome Center