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    No More Mammoth Biking

    FYI: It snowed around 6 inches at Mammoth Saturday night. I didn't realize it till I got to Mammoth yesterday. Many of the trails were rideable, on the lower sections of the mountain, but up higher the snow was much too deep. Hopefully it will dry out fast so I can get a few more weeks of riding in.

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    Yeah interesting day yesterday. Got pretty muddy but I'm glad it warmed up a little in town.
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    hopefully it melts off without destroying the trails through erosion. Uptown already had really bad erosion coming down the trail. There were also some really bad ponding issues. It would be a good time to work on drainage issues to decrease work in the future, but it looked to me like they are gearing up for the winter.

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    Rode today and thought it was awesome.
    Lower mountain was perfect.
    Lots of snow above main lodge.
    This weekend should be great for lower mountain lift access and XC pedaling if we don't get more snow.

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    Let's hope this is the sign of a good ski season. Maybe if they make enough money they'll have some cash so they can actually improve the bike park a bit next year.

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    Anyone ever attach skis to the bottom of their mountain bike tires?
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Anyone ever attach skis to the bottom of their mountain bike tires?
    I've heard they don't pedal for sh!t:Lenz Sport full suspension ski bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    I've heard they don't pedal for sh!t:Lenz Sport full suspension ski bikes
    Sorry, I meant that strictly for downhill, no pedaling involved. You take a lift to the top of the mountain, and you ski-bike down to the bottom. Repeat until satisfied...
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    Does anyone think Mammoth will melt out and be rideable this year?

    I was really starting to enjoy riding up there since I switched frames to a more AM style hardtail and I've been getting a lot more riding in than in the past few years. If not then I guess I'll concentrate more on rock climbing!

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    Might be some more snow on the way this week, but I expect most trails from mid mountain down to be good this weekend.
    Looks like it will be cold and windy though.
    Go do a loop on Mammoth Rock Trail and Lower Rock Creek if you haven't hit those yet.

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    I've done lower rock creek quite a bit this year, at least the top sections. I haven't done the full trail yet this year, I did it last summer and wasn't too stoked, but I should try it with my new ride!

    I keep hearing rumours about trails in the Bishop area but I think they are hush-hush-super secret trails and since I live in Big Pine I'm not in with the cool bike cliques in Bishop.

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    In addition to the fine dining and vibrant night life, Bishop is home to the finest vertical sand riding in the eastern Sierra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    In addition to the fine dining and vibrant night life, Bishop is home to the finest vertical sand riding in the eastern Sierra.
    lol Imperial Gourmet ftw!

    I did hear some trail maintenance was being done on Rock Creek no?
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    There are only 3 decent restaurants in bishop: Holy smoke BBQ, upper crust pizza, & the Thai restaurant.

    Maybe I need one of those fat bikes?

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    True story: I once made a round trip drive from LA to Bishop just to eat at BBQ bill's (wasn't my choice).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectZero View Post
    True story: I once made a round trip drive from LA to Bishop just to eat at BBQ bill's (wasn't my choice).
    That's dedication.
    Usually, people make a round trip to LA to avoid eating at BBQ Bill's.

    As to Rock Creek, yes, the upper two sections see maintenance in spring and fall. Lower section can see maintenance too, but it's on ongoing battle with rock fall from the cliffs above the trail + hikers and the odd equestrian who don't like seeing the original rock rollovers intact.

    Wagonwheel is worth a quick shot as an alternative the the 3rd section of Rock Creek.

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    Wagonwheel???

    BBQ bills has to be the absolute worst "bbq" I've ever had, but people here love it because thats what they grew up thinking BBQ is.

    My wife is from Texas and it is the only part of going there that I enjoy. Holy Smoke does a good imitation of Texas BBQ, Fly Pig in Auburn does a much better one!!!

    Too bad Mammoth doesn't have any where worth eating, well Toomeys is pretty good after a few hours of riding, but ussually I'll just eat a clif bar on my way home or maybe the Pita Pit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    There are only 3 decent restaurants in bishop: Holy smoke BBQ, upper crust pizza, & the Thai restaurant.

    Maybe I need one of those fat bikes?
    Jacks for breakfast.......
    telling me to stay out of a former bombing range next to a dump while you build huge houses next to it? Screw you.-sandmangts

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    Wagonwheel=
    1. After getting lunch at BBQ Bill's, drive through Paradise heading north-up the Old Sherwin Grade.
    2. Park immediately past the last houses on the left in the huge open area or continue up past the fire station and park at the old corral on the left.
    3. Pedal up paved road like you're looping Rock Creek.
    4. Left on Swall Meadows
    5. 1/4 mile on the left there is a turnout-singletrack starts there and drops back through the corral and to your car.

    Quick and easy loop. Low investment/high yield.

    You can ride up from Paradise and do the top sections of Rock Creek and then pedal up the road and ignore the third section and drop Wagonwheel instead.
    Wagonwheel can usually be ridden all winter once Rock Creek gets snow.

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    Something like this?No More Mammoth Biking-wagonwheel.jpg

    Is the trail too sandy to ride up??? I like to do laps up and back down the top 2 sections of lower rock creek.

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    Heading up tomorrow to ride Friday & Saturday. Weather says clear & sunny those days. Second & last trip up this season, great way to end the summer!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Wagonwheel???

    BBQ bills has to be the absolute worst "bbq" I've ever had
    Yes I agree with that assessment.

    Our little dinner trip was due to an avalanche (somehow) closing 395 north of town. Only time I've seen every hotel from Mojave to Bishop filled up.

    I usually hit Burgers at least once when I'm in town.
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    '11 Jedi
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBFISH View Post
    Heading up tomorrow to ride Friday & Saturday. Weather says clear & sunny those days. Second & last trip up this season, great way to end the summer!!!!
    How are the trails?

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    Trails were fun, Recoil had a lot of puddles. Only chair 2 was going so no off the top or Skidmarks.

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