Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling Shady Rest to Minaret Vista

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  • The ride from Shady Rest to Minaret Vista is a classic introductory out-and-back ride on groomed trails with extraordinary views of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness at the midpoint turnaround. From the Shady Rest OSV staging area, follow the A trail north to the B trail. Follow this across the Mammoth Scenic Loop to the C trail. Turn left. The C trail climbs through the forest past Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge, which is a good stop for lunch or refreshments before continuing on to the vista. Experienced riders may want to continue to the top of the San Jouquin ridge. Return the way you came. Click here for current snowmobile grooming information. Winter recreation maps are available at the Mammoth Welcome Center and on the Inyo National Forest web site. Snowmobile riders are required to understand closure boundaries and stay out of closed areas.

  • The ride from Shady Rest to Minaret Vista is a classic introductory out-and-back ride on groomed trails with extraordinary views of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness at the midpoint turnaround. From the Shady Rest OSV staging area, follow the A trail north to the B trail. Follow this across the Mammoth Scenic Loop to the C trail. Turn left. The C trail climbs through the forest past Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge, which is a good stop for lunch or refreshments before continuing on to the vista. Experienced riders may want to continue to the top of the San Jouquin ridge. Return the way you came. Click here for current snowmobile grooming information. Winter recreation maps are available at the Mammoth Welcome Center and on the Inyo National Forest web site. Snowmobile riders are required to understand closure boundaries and stay out of closed areas.

Avalanche Forecast for 03/27/2017

  • As of 5AM Monday morning, there are between 1 and 3 inches of new snow in the eastern Sierra, primarily north of Mammoth and at elevations above 7,000’. Southwest winds accompanied this fast moving storm and they will shift more to the north tonight (Monday) and Tuesday as temperatures rebound. Wind slabs will be our primary avalanche concern today at middle and upper elevations. As temperatures climb this afternoon and tomorrow, so will the risk of loose wet avalanches on solar slopes at middle Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Camera
    • First-aid kit
    • Flashlight
    • Fuel
    • Headlamp
    • Knowledge and understanding of local conditions
    • Map or GPS device
    • Picnic lunch
    • Smartphone
    • Snowmobile
    • Snowmobile helmet
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Telephoto lens
    • Tools/spare parts
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Winter gloves
    • Winter Recreation Map

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    23.2 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Half day

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B Trail - Groomed Snowmobile Trail 4.7 Snow Cross Country Skiing Snowmobiling Snowshoeing
C Trail - Groomed Snowmobile Trail 10.2 Snow Cross Country Skiing Snowmobiling Snowshoeing

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  • Hours/Season: Day use only | Year Round 

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