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Ride Report: Snow Biking The Meadows Behind Snowcreek

This is a great introductory ride for novice fat bikers.  It’s also very easy to access, since it’s right in town.  It’s short and relatively flat, and is a great chance to get used to the bike, as well as getting other user groups used to our presence.  You get some beautiful views of Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Rock, and The Sherwins.  Lots of people walk their dogs and hike around here, so please be friendly and yield to other user groups at all times.  There are usually a few snowmobile tracks to ride in, so pick one and have fun!

  • Ride Type:  Out and Back
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Terrain/Conditions: 100% snow, firm OSV packed, softening up from the sun
  • Time since last snowfall: More than one week
  • Month & Ride Start Time:  February, 2:00pm
  • Temperature: 52 degrees
  • Access: From town, take Old Mammoth Rd. to Sherwin Creek Rd. (across from Mammoth Creek Park).  Go down Sherwin Creek Rd for 1/2 mile, turn right near the big propane tanks and park here.
  • Length: 2 miles
  • Approx. Time: 1/2 hour
  • Lowest Elevation: 7,514′
  • Highest Elevation: 7,651′
  • Total Elevation Gain: 165
  • Bike Recommendation:  Fat Bike

This is a big multi-use open space.  There is no real “trail head” in the winter – just snowmobile tracks.  Once you leave your car, look towards Mammoth Mountain to get your bearings.  Following with your eyes to the left, you’ll see the prominent Mammoth Rock poking out of the Sherwin Range.  You’re going to ride in the general direction of Mammoth Rock (southwest), using whatever snowmobile track you can get behind.  Close to a mile into your ride, you’ll climb a short hill and wind up at a wooden gate.  You’ll see a bunch of homes ahead and also where the Snowcreek Golf Course is viewable in warmer months.  This is your turn around point (don’t enter Snowcreek Private Property).  Go back the way you came with views of the White Mountains, and a smile on your face.  By this point, you’ll probably be dreaming of some longer fat bike adventures!  If you’re in good shape and yearning for more, think about linking this up with either the Mammoth Creek/Sherwin Creek Loop, or the Old Mammoth Rd. Ride.  Yahoo!

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Views of Mammoth Mountain and Lincoln Mountain from the viewpoint at the top of the short climb.

Views of Mammoth Mountain and Lincoln Mountain from the viewpoint at the turn around point.