Guidebook

Run the Sierras: Best Trail Runs near Mammoth Lakes, CA

Experience the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada mountains on this incredible selection of trail runs near Mammoth Lakes, California.

Description

The town of Mammoth Lakes, California serves as the perfect access point to a veritable web of stunning singletrack trails climbing high into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. "With the surrounding Ansel Adams and John Muir wildernesses, Inyo National Forest, and BLM land, the region is a wide expanse of open space,” writes Monica Prelle. "Dirt roads and trails are ideal for running as far as one desires. And with a network of trails in the heart of town, one could run out the front door and find a variety of routes from paved trails to dirt singletrack.”

That’s exactly what you’ll find in this guidebook: a wide range of routes encompassing the easiest of beginner runs, out-the-door runs on nearby singletrack, and ambitious loops high in the mountains. Whatever your preference, you can discover your ideal trail running route here in Mammoth Lakes!

Mammoth Crest
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Mammoth Crest

21.1 km
980 m
980 m
Traverse the top of a stunning mountain ridge.
Difficult
Private
Mammoth Rock -> Panorama Lollipop
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Mammoth Rock -> Panorama Lollipop

12.0 km
358 m
358 m
One of Mammoth Lakes' best from-town trail runs.
Moderate
Private
Duck Pass and Duck Lake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Duck Pass and Duck Lake

14.9 km
671 m
671 m
A popular out-and-back with incredible alpine views.
Moderate
Private
Devils Postpile to Upper and Lower Rainbow Falls
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Devils Postpile to Upper and Lower Rainbow Falls

6.0 km
190 m
193 m
Visit both the upper and lower falls on this run.
Easy
Private
Little Lakes Valley Trail to Morgan Pass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Lakes Valley Trail to Morgan Pass

11.4 km
379 m
378 m
An easy run through a stunning glacier-carved valley.
Easy
Private
Horseshoe Lake Loop
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Horseshoe Lake Loop

3.5 km
46 m
50 m
An ultra-easy introduction to trail running.
Easy
Private