Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking the San Joaquin Ridge

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  • The locals' moniker for this ride is "hardcore," which should give you some indication of its strenuousness. From the Minaret Vista parking area, a short singletrack section drops briefly to join a dirt 4-wheel-drive road that climbs steeply—1,500 feet in 2.5 miles—up the windswept crest of the San Joaquin Ridge. Along the way, grand views of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Mammoth Mountain, Long Valley Caldera and the Minarets help to keep spirits buoyed. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and bracing afternoon breezes. The summit, at road's end and at the Wilderness boundary, is at 10,700 feet above sea level. The descent is fast and fun.

  • The locals' moniker for this ride is "hardcore," which should give you some indication of its strenuousness. From the Minaret Vista parking area, a short singletrack section drops briefly to join a dirt 4-wheel-drive road that climbs steeply—1,500 feet in 2.5 miles—up the windswept crest of the San Joaquin Ridge. Along the way, grand views of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Mammoth Mountain, Long Valley Caldera and the Minarets help to keep spirits buoyed. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and bracing afternoon breezes. The summit, at road's end and at the Wilderness boundary, is at 10,700 feet above sea level. The descent is fast and fun.

  • Experience Checklist

    • Bike helmet
    • Bike shoes (or close-toed shoes)
    • Bike tools
    • Jacket or windbreaker
    • Map or GPS device
    • Mountain bike
    • Pads and gloves
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Water

    Public Services

    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    5.0 miles
    Trail Surface
    Soil
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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