Winter Access Corridor - Lakes Basin 2.5 mi

  • The groomed Lakes Basin Winter Public Access Corridor is the main artery for non-motorized travel into the Mammoth Lakes Basin in winter. The corridor begins at the winter closure parking area at the end of Lake Mary Road and runs along the left side of the fee-based nordic track all the way to Horseshoe Lake. Stay off the groomed nordic track if you haven't purchased a ski pass. The first mile or so—to the edge of Lake Mary, with its picnic spots and grand views of Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest—is uphill and popular with a variety of users. From Lake Mary to Horseshoe the trail is flat or gently rolling.

  • The groomed Lakes Basin Winter Public Access Corridor is the main artery for non-motorized travel into the Mammoth Lakes Basin in winter. The corridor begins at the winter closure parking area at the end of Lake Mary Road and runs along the left side of the fee-based nordic track all the way to Horseshoe Lake. Stay off the groomed nordic track if you haven't purchased a ski pass. The first mile or so—to the edge of Lake Mary, with its picnic spots and grand views of Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest—is uphill and popular with a variety of users. From Lake Mary to Horseshoe the trail is flat or gently rolling.

Conditions Update

  • 01/04/2021: Public parking at the Lakes Basin Winter Access Corridor is very limited. Please use public transit.

Avalanche Forecast for 01/22/2021

  • AVALANCHE FORECAST: LOW Avalanche danger exists Friday. If new snow accumulations pick up today (chance of ~3”), watch for fresh Wind slab primarily on Northerly-Easterly terrain in the alpine and at tree line. Be aware that Hazard may elevate if snowfall exceeds expectations. The overall lack of coverage with abundant obstacles and poor surface conditions consisting of sastrugi, breakable crust and ultra-firm panels remains the greatest hazard. Find out More

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