"Not all those who wander are lost." – J.R.R. Tolkien

Mono Lake Fat 40 – ITT

What is the “Mono Lake Fat 40”?

  • It’s a sweet 40 mile loop ride around Mono Lake.  Not much elevation gain/loss, but there are large doses of sandy riding that will have you walking a few sections, even with a fat bike (HIGHLY recommended).  The views are stunning for the whole ride.  Mostly double track and jeep roads that allow you to ride and carry on conversations with your friends.  We encourage this event as a “group ride” with friends, but it’s also great as an “Individual Time Trial” for those that wanna race it fast.  Either way, a great excuse to #ridebikeswithfriends.


  • It seems best between June and October, but can be ridden whenever there’s not too much snow.  If you’re considering doing it, Contact Us, and we’ll try to answer any logistical questions you may have.


  • We stage at the Mono Basin Visitors Center just north of Lee Vining.  Depending on when we do the ride, we’ll probably head over to Mono Cone or Mobil Mart for post ride food and libations.

How much does it cost?

  • Nothing.  FREE.  Gratis.  Just bring yourself, your bike, your gear, and a great attitude.

What kind of support is there?

  • This is a self-supported ride.  Bring enough supplies to get you through a full day in the saddle.

What type of bike should I bring?

  • We highly recommend fat bikes running low tire pressure for this ride.  Due to the sandy conditions for approximately 10 miles, mountain bikes will force lots of walking.

How do I register or make sure I get event updates?

  • There is no registration.  Do this route on your own schedule and let us know when you complete it (and your time if you want to share it) and we’ll list you on the Official Finishers/ Results Page.  Hit us up on the Contact Page

Can you describe the route?

  • Yes.  We park at the Mono Basin Visitors Center and descend to the “rusted car” via dirt trail.  We then start the loop in the clockwise direction.  There’s a brief stint on Highway 395, but 95% of the ride is on dirt ( or sand).  After jumping off Highway 395 at Cemetery Rd, we continue on double track and jeep roads for most of the ride.  We pass by Alkali Ponds, sand dunes, and have wicked views of the lake and surrounding mountains for the whole route.  Eventually we pass Navy Beach and make our way back to the rusted car, and climb back up to the Visitors Center to complete the loop.

Map and Elevation Profile on Strava

Detailed Cue Sheet

Check out Alan’s blog and photos of the ride

Check out Hunter’s blog and photos of the ride

GPX File: Contact Us if you plan on doing this ride on your own, and we’ll send you the file.

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