Free Cross-country Ski Trails Now Groomed Near Mammoth

Staff Writer

Friends of the Inyo, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the US Forest Service invite cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and lovers of the outdoors to explore the Mammoth Lakes Nordic Trail System at the California Welcome Center.

The trail system will be groomed Thursday - Monday by Friends of the Inyo through March 15, weather permitting.

The Mammoth Lakes Nordic Trail System consists of three sections of groomed Nordic trails exploring 3.4 miles of beautiful Jeffrey Pine forest. The trails run through the Old and New Shady Rest campgrounds, and are groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and walking as weather conditions allow.

Dogs are welcome on the trail, but owners should pick up after their dogs and keep them on a leash.

These trails are free to the public thanks to Measure R and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Parking for the trail system is located at the California Welcome Center with maps available inside the Welcome Center. The Center is located east of Mammoth on the north side of S.R. 203 just before the entrance to town. Please park in the upper parking lot of the Welcome Center.

The Nordic trails at Shady Rest are a great way to enjoy your public lands this winter. Trail updates are available by following Friends of the Inyo or the Mammoth Lakes Trail System on Facebook. Or go to Even better, there's more cross country skiing around the Mammoth area, if you know where to look. Go to for more information on trails.

There are also other opportunities to cross country ski near Mammoth; take a look at the website above.

For more information contact Casey Penn, 760-873-6500,