Kamikaze Downhill

Mammoth Mountain

A blazing-fast access road that was home to one of the original downhill mountain bike races!

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
5.2 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
650 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
Kamikaze Downhill Map

The Kamikaze Downhill Race that shares its name with this trail is widely considered to be the nation's first downhill mountain bike race ever. Started in 1985, "the race would have an immediate impact across the cycling country and not only change the face of mountain biking, Kamikaze changed the ski industry," according to VisitMammoth.com. "As they said in the '80s, the race was 'like totally rad, dude!'"

Description

While these days the race has faded out, you can still ride the original high-speed Kamikaze Downhill on Mammoth Mountain. Starting at 11,000 feet at the summit of the resort, the run blazes straight down the mountain on a wide access road. But the steep grades and wide-open course make for blazing-fast speeds, with riders in the race routinely hitting speeds of up to 65 miles per hour!

If you ride at a slightly slower pass, the wide, loose road isn't nearly as challenging… but blasting at top-notch requires expert-level bike handling skills! Since Kamikaze is one of the few runs that begins on the summit of the mountain, if you do choose to slow down you'll enjoy jaw-dropping scenery from the wide-open alpine zone.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Shuttle-run
  • Road sections

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