Editor's Note: The Mammoth Lakes Backcountry and Sidecountry are unpredictable environments and can be extremely dangerous, even in the spring. It is not recommended that you go into the backcountry or sidecountry without a knowledgeable and professional guide. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer's and ar enot necessarily share by the Town of Mammoth Lakes or Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
Mammoth Lakes isn’t just a resort destination; it’s a major hub for Eastern Sierra backcountry riding and skiing.
Just look at a topo map and look at the many 10,000+ foot peaks that surround the area with a spider web of 4x4 trails that’ll lead you out. It’s mind boggling really, how do you even begin choose?
Before you rack your brain for some sort of process that’ll lead you to your perfect line, you need to do a few things beforehand. This isn’t like standing in line for a lift ticket and then hopping on the gondola.