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Mammoth Lakes

Monday, April 13, 2015
Alt Names Big Springs, June Lake, Crowley Lake, Owens River, Inyo National Forest, Hot Creek, Bald Mountain, Crowley Lake Campground, Mammoth Loops
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

Looking for a great place to take the family for a weekend of casual riding? Then look no further. This area offers great scenery, free camping with a nearby creek, plenty of shade and miles of smooth and easy trails.

Big Springs Campground offers direct trail access and has plenty of sites to choose from. Many people come to this campground just to fill their bottles with the water that flows from an underground stream near the creek (look for the white pipe).

There are around forty or more creeks and lakes in the area, as well as hot springs, swimming holes, boat rentals and gondola rides, so we suggest you plan to stay a few days and enjoy it all.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Mammoth Lakes, CA
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take 395 S to Mammoth Lakes
2) East on Owens River Road - 2 miles
3) Left to campground.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail, Gravel Pit
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros relaxing, easy & scenic trails, friendly rangers, free camping, shade, beauty
Cons stinky bathrooms in free campground, all terrain is smooth & easy to moderate
Rating Rating    Very Good    
Recommended Stay 3-5 Days
TERRAIN
Square Miles 400
Miles Of Trail 200
Climate Type Forest
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly very loose, almost sandy, very dry and dusty
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some pretty loose in some parts
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly very dusty as forest trails go
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little remarkably few rocks, trails very smooth
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few very mild
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few didn't see any, but map shows a few
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few some rockers on the narrow trail
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single Track This national forest has some single track trails.Some some great ones - fun & easy
Roads This national forest has few roads.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few not crowded
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few a few spots show evidence of shooting
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
Comment excellent for beginner/family
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Dates Open Year-Round (recommend June through October) CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain Times CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
camp anywhere - with permits (wilderness permit & fire permit)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Some Areas (permitted in developed campsites only)
Night Riding Unknown
Cross Country Prohibited stay on designated trails
Alcohol No Restriction C open container law
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping Certain Areas
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
$0.00
Comment most campgrounds free - recommend "Big Springs"
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 1-5 Miles (SW) Mammoth Hospital (760) 934-3311
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (NW) June Lake Junction Gas Station (760) 648-7509
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (NW) June Lake Junction Gas Station (760) 648-7509
Potable Water Water On Site potable water
creek water is clean. Pay sites have water.
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SW) Mammoth Mountain RV Park (760) 934-3822
RV Dump Station RV Disposal Mammoth Lakes, CA
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (NW) June Lake Junction Gas Station (760) 648-7509
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (NW) June Lake Beach (760) 873-2538
Body of Water Water Body On Site Deadman Creek, Owens River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (NW) Silver Lake Boat Ramp (760) 924-5500
CONTACTS
Contact Info Mammoth Ranger Station & Visitors Center
P.O. Box 148
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 924-5500
www.fs.fed.us
Contact Info Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau
(888) 466-2666
info@visitmammoth.com
www.visitmammoth.com
GPS POINTS

COMMENTS

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Mammoth Lakes Trail Photo

Mammoth Lakes Trail

A nice shot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Bring the camera!
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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

The trails can be a little dusty during dry weather. Overall, a good time is guaranteed.
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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

Many of the trails look like this - wide, smooth and fairly easy. This is a good place to bring the ATVs or Jeeps.
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Motorcycle at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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Scenery from Mammoth Lakes Trail

Mono Lake.
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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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Scenic view of Mammoth Lakes Trail

Big Springs Campground offers 26 primitive sites. There is no fee to camp here but sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
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Some amenities at Mammoth Lakes Trail

This warming hut is located next to the Bald Mountain fire lookout station. When we visited it had some canned goods, fire wood, basic furniture and a guest book.
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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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Terrain example at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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Amenities at Mammoth Lakes Trail

Main entrance to the Bald Mountain fire lookout station.
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OHV at Mammoth Lakes Trail

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Some terrain at Mammoth Lakes Trail

One of the few sections of single track.
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