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My son and I are going to have a free weekend coming up in a few weeks...wife and daughter will be out of town.  We are trying to plan a 3 or 4 day trip somewhere and Mammoth came up in the discussion.  We have never ridden in Mammoth, but we are wondering if it is possible to camp and ride and even ride to somewhere to fish.  Bikes are not plated 2006 450X and 2006 250X.  Any thoughts?

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I've ridden there several times and know the area pretty well.

We always camp here: 37.741468, -118.950311.

Fresh spring water can be found here: 37.749929, -118.938850.  There's a pipe wedged into the rocks and can fill jugs.  If you prefer,  you can also camp at this location at Big Spring Campground.  We prefer to not have to worry about pissing off our camp neighbors.  You can also fish in this stream but I think it's all barbless catch and release but you should verify that as I'm not a fisherman.

There are hundreds of miles of almost all easy two track.  There are tons of natural volcanic features to see as well as endless beautiful scenery.  There are two legal places to cross 395 at: 37.701722, -118.950391 and 37.701722, -118.950391.  I have crossed at several other locations but I'm not sure if they are legal for non plated bikes.

Some cool stuff to see via dirtbike:

Earthquake Fault:  Park here for dirtbike access 37.653659, -119.007045 and hike a short distance down the hill.

Tufa:  37.938742, -119.026650.  May not be 100% legal to ride on the dirt roads near here but I've been several times without issue.

Obsidian Dome: 37.751296, -119.020997

Gas Station:  37.812481, -119.054014 Legal ride in and out on non plated bikes.  Ice cream, beer and snacks too.

Lookout Mountain: 37.728797, -118.947633 just so so but close to camp

Bald Mountain Lookout: 37.783851, -118.901496, nice view and interesting warming hut.

Hot Creek Hot Springs: 37.661439, -118.830106, dirtbikes must come from this side.  Caution here as the ground can appear stable but really isn't.  Test before you step.  There are lots of safe hot springs all over this are south and east of camp.

Inyo Craters: 37.692681, -119.011079, worth a visit.

Road Crossing that didn't show on my Garmin but is useful for riding to Earthquake Fault. 37.674318, -118.990476

Kick ass pizza: 37.639719, -118.964268, we usually duck into town one night for pizza.

 

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Free color CTUC maps can be had at the ranger station at 37.966580, -119.120401 or you can buy them online for like $10 or so.

 

 

 

 

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My son and I are going to have a free weekend coming up in a few weeks...wife and daughter will be out of town.  We are trying to plan a 3 or 4 day trip somewhere and Mammoth came up in the discussion.  We have never ridden in Mammoth, but we are wondering if it is possible to camp and ride and even ride to somewhere to fish.  Bikes are not plated 2006 450X and 2006 250X.  Any thoughts?

Glass creek campground has dry camping and is an OHV area.

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We've done tons of riding and camping in this area. Like others have said, stop by and get a free map of the area. We usually camp in the glass creek or deadman creek area. There is tons of riding. You can even get to Bodie from there if I'm not mistaken (we are gonna try it over 4th of July weekend). There is also water available at the rest area just before deadman creek road heading northbound. Hope you guys have fun!

You can also ride around the June lake area. There are numerous trails that go through there.

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Cobra46...I have dropped pins at your recommended spots.  You mentioned two 395 crossings, the coordinates in your message are the same.  Is there another?  Looking at all the destinations, I think we might want to cross the highway a couple times.

Also...what are the chances of finding a spot to camp where you suggested?  Does it get crowded?

Thanks again...I am really looking forward to this ride!

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1 hour ago, mlombardi said:

Cobra46...I have dropped pins at your recommended spots.  You mentioned two 395 crossings, the coordinates in your message are the same.  Is there another?  Looking at all the destinations, I think we might want to cross the highway a couple times.

Also...what are the chances of finding a spot to camp where you suggested?  Does it get crowded?

Thanks again...I am really looking forward to this ride!

 

Sorry about that.  Here's the second crossing spot.  37.819754, -119.060936

There are a ton of camping spots around where I recommended.  You can get any sized RV in there also.  Even on a busy weekend you won't have an issue.

There will be others campers around but certainly not crowded.  Most of the other campers will not be off road riders.

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We've also crossed the highway here 37.751972, -118.983801 using this trail 37.749672, -118.979671.  Cops have seen us doing this and didn't give us trouble.  This one is nice because it's close to camp.

You can also cross here 37.935805, -119.100544 but requires a couple hundred foot ride on 395.

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Thanks again for all the help.  I am trying to get as much info as possible.  I dont want to be the dumbass newbie to the area that does something stupid.  We will also pop into the visitors center when we get there.

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7 hours ago, mlombardi said:

Thanks again for all the help.  I am trying to get as much info as possible.  I dont want to be the dumbass newbie to the area that does something stupid.  We will also pop into the visitors center when we get there.

No worries.  It took us a couple trips to figure our where all this stuff is.  The area is absolutely huge.  Make sure you have an idea where you're going and watch your gas.  I ride a plated KTM with large tank and have had to go back to camp to fetch some gas for my boys motocross bikes more than once.  Now that we know the area, this shouldn't happen any more. Not to mention my oldest finally drank the orange cool aid and has the same bike as me.  My youngest still thinks 'if you aren't mixing gas, you aren't hauling ass'.

I'm so jealous of your trip.  Hope all the snow is melted.

 

 

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Here's a picture of the camp area I suggested.  Flat and shady.

 

 

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On 6/12/2017 at 9:33 PM, cobra46 said:

I've ridden there several times and know the area pretty well.

We always camp here: 37.741468, -118.950311.

Fresh spring water can be found here: 37.749929, -118.938850.  There's a pipe wedged into the rocks and can fill jugs.  If you prefer,  you can also camp at this location at Big Spring Campground.  We prefer to not have to worry about pissing off our camp neighbors.  You can also fish in this stream but I think it's all barbless catch and release but you should verify that as I'm not a fisherman.

There are hundreds of miles of almost all easy two track.  There are tons of natural volcanic features to see as well as endless beautiful scenery.  There are two legal places to cross 395 at: 37.701722, -118.950391 and 37.701722, -118.950391.  I have crossed at several other locations but I'm not sure if they are legal for non plated bikes.

Some cool stuff to see via dirtbike:

Earthquake Fault:  Park here for dirtbike access 37.653659, -119.007045 and hike a short distance down the hill.

Tufa:  37.938742, -119.026650.  May not be 100% legal to ride on the dirt roads near here but I've been several times without issue.

Obsidian Dome: 37.751296, -119.020997

Gas Station:  37.812481, -119.054014 Legal ride in and out on non plated bikes.  Ice cream, beer and snacks too.

Lookout Mountain: 37.728797, -118.947633 just so so but close to camp

Bald Mountain Lookout: 37.783851, -118.901496, nice view and interesting warming hut.

Hot Creek Hot Springs: 37.661439, -118.830106, dirtbikes must come from this side.  Caution here as the ground can appear stable but really isn't.  Test before you step.  There are lots of safe hot springs all over this are south and east of camp.

Inyo Craters: 37.692681, -119.011079, worth a visit.

Road Crossing that didn't show on my Garmin but is useful for riding to Earthquake Fault. 37.674318, -118.990476

Kick ass pizza: 37.639719, -118.964268, we usually duck into town one night for pizza.

 

That's it? That's all you have to offer ?

Pfffttt........

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On 6/12/2017 at 9:33 PM, cobra46 said:

I've ridden there several times and know the area pretty well.

We always camp here: 37.741468, -118.950311.

 

How do you get to this spot, Forest RD 2S85? Owens River Rd? I have a tall 28ft 5th wheel, would this be an issue?

 

Thanks,
David

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Yep 2S85.

 

Enter here 37.749606, -118.931951 and drive down the semi paved road.  My dad took his 27' 5th wheel shown in the picture I posted above down this road.

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