Giant Ride!

You don’t have to be a gravity junky to let the good times roll at the biggest bike…

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You don’t have to be a gravity junky to let the good times roll at the biggest bike park in the West. Mammoth Mountain Bike Park’s meticulously groomed terrain translates to 80 miles of single-track blanketing the mountain in top-to-bottom fun for all levels of riders. First time trying the sport? Get things rolling at the park’s new Discovery Zone; its three bike trails and practice loop for entry-level riders will get you warmed up. For an easy ride that’ll have you going up and down without too much technical stuff, do the “Uptown/Downtown” route, an 8-mile all-in adventure that starts from The Village at Mammoth. It’ll give you cardio and thrills, without spills! A longer and more intermediate route combines “Uptown” and “Paper Route” for some cross-country action—and gorgeous scenery. For a grand occasion—ride “Uptown” from The Village at Mammoth to the Main Lodge, jump on the gondola, and get whisked away to 11,053 feet—a 360-degree wow-o-ramic peak! The view from up here spans the central Sierra all the way to Yosemite’s Half Dome. Keep the good vistas rolling by riding down “Off the Top” trail (an intermediate blue square route) and linking up with “Beach Cruiser” (another blue square route).

BEER BONUS: Tucked behind the parking lot at The Village at Mammoth, Mammoth Brewing Company has a fantastic tasting room (94 Berner St.), offering samples of their award-winning microbrews. If you like hoppy IPAs, you’ll love the IPA 395 made with local hops, desert sage, and mountain juniper. Pick up your favorite to go!

If you want to start your ride on the “Uptown” trail, you can rent your bike and buy your Mountain Bike pass at the Mountain Center located in The Village at Mammoth. Bring a map, which you can pick up at the Mountain Center or the Main Lodge’s Adventure Center.

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