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Cross Country Skiing in Mammoth Lakes

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Mammoth Nordic Community Trail System

Looking for an alternative to downhill skiing or to the steep hills of Tamarack Cross Country ski area?  Next time you are visiting Mammoth Lakes be sure to check out our community groomed trail system at Shady Rest!  This trail system, conveniently located in the center of our little Town, boasts 9 miles of groomed cross country ski trails on easy terrain.  The trails, which are groomed with both tracks and a skating lane, meander through a Jeffrey Pine forest in the vicinity of Shady Rest Campground, and can be accessed by a large parking area off Sawmill Cutoff Road or by the Mammoth Visitor’s Center off of Main Street.  And the best part of the Shady Rest trails are that they’re FREE!  No trail ticket required!

The Shady Rest Trails are particularly loved by dog owners, as you are allowed to bring your dog on them as long as it is leashed (this is both a Forest Service and Town of Mammoth Lakes ordinance).  I personally love taking my dog, Turtle, on evening cross country ski adventures…it’s a great way for both of us to have fun and get a great workout!

If you are particularly adventurous, the community trail system at Shady Rest connects with the Forest Service groomed trail system right in the parking lot off of Sawmill Cutoff.  You can literally ski all the way from Shady Rest Park to the top of Bald Mountain on groomed trails without ever taking your skis off!  What a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Sierra without the crowds!

The Mammoth Nordic Community Trails are maintained by Mammoth Nordic, a non-profit group dedicated to providing the town with a world-class Nordic trail system.  To learn more about this organization and to check out a trail map, visit www.mammothnordic.com.

Posted by Leslie O’Berry  (760) 877-3185


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