Cross Country Skiing

Ski Touring from Mill City to McLeod Lake

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  • Ski touring from Mill City to McLeod Lake offers a classic, extended winter tour over a wide variety of terrain, both groomed and off-piste, and a perfect introduction to the wonders of the Mammoth Lakes Basin in winter—especially on a sunny day. Starting from the winter road closure at the end of Old Mammoth Road, follow the roadway beneath Mammoth Rock to the junction with the groomed public access corridor on Lake Mary Road. Follow this all the way out to Horseshoe Lake and the Mcleod Lake/Mammoth Pass trailhead, after which you may find a skintrack to follow, or you can blaze your own. Return the way you came.

  • Ski touring from Mill City to McLeod Lake offers a classic, extended winter tour over a wide variety of terrain, both groomed and off-piste, and a perfect introduction to the wonders of the Mammoth Lakes Basin in winter—especially on a sunny day. Starting from the winter road closure at the end of Old Mammoth Road, follow the roadway beneath Mammoth Rock to the junction with the groomed public access corridor on Lake Mary Road. Follow this all the way out to Horseshoe Lake and the Mcleod Lake/Mammoth Pass trailhead, after which you may find a skintrack to follow, or you can blaze your own. Return the way you came.

Avalanche Forecast for 05/23/2017

  • Primary avalanche problems for Tuesday thru Thursday will focus on Loose Wet avalanches and very isolated Wet Slabs. Loose Wet will be a concern for all elevations and aspects (where snow is present). The risk for Loose Wet releases may become somewhat more widespread as overnight Lows remain near or above freezing and daytime temperatures remain above seasonable. Be especially cautious in complex terrain where sheltered rocky features can promote warming (chutes, couloirs, etc) and inhibit ove Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Beanie
    • Camera
    • Cross Country Touring Ski Boots
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • First-aid kit
    • Jacket or windbreaker
    • Knowledge and understanding of local conditions
    • Lenses
    • Light Cross Country Touring Ski
    • Map or GPS device
    • Picnic lunch
    • Ski goggles or sunglasses
    • Ski poles
    • Smartphone
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Telephoto lens
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Windbreaker/shell
    • Winter gloves

    Public Services

    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    7.0 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Half day

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Lake Mary

  • Hours/Season: Store/marina: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer only | Year Round 

  • Boating  Fishing  Paddleboarding 

Mammoth City

  • Hours/Season: Day use only | Fall  Spring  Summer 

  • Interpretive 

McLeod Lake

  • Hours/Season: Day use only | Fall  Summer 

  • Fishing 

Mill City

  • Hours/Season: N/A | Fall  Spring  Summer 

  • Interpretive 

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Horseshoe Lake Paddleboarding Swimming
Lake Mary Boating Fishing Paddleboarding
Mammoth City Interpretive
McLeod Lake Fishing
Mill City Interpretive
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