This is one of the best rides in the Eastern Sierra. It has a little bit of everything – fast, sweeping turns, rocks and roots to negotiate, overhanging tree arbors, steep-sided canyon walls, a talus field, and a swift stream with low, wooden bridge crossings. With three sections, each getting progressively more difficult, you can choose to do 1, 2 or all 3. The last is an all-or-nothing commitment and once you’re in it you’re in a deep, narrow canyon that takes you to Paradise (literally).
Length: 7.77 miles – point to point
Ride time: Half day adventure of +4hrs with ride time approximately 2hrs.
Ride rating: Moderate (What do these mean? Click HERE to find out.)
Logistics: Guided mountain bike ride with shuttle to return riders to start point.
This is a great ride year round. Fall is considered to be the ‘golden’ season for this ride when the Aspens turn. There can be snow and icy patches in mid-winter, but that’s rare.
The trail starts near the junction of the Old Sherwin Grade road and Highway 395 (20 miles south of Mammoth Lakes and 30 miles north of Bishop) and ends at the trailhead in Paradise.
The first two sections are a great family ride for adults and youth aged 12 and older. There are a few bits that require some technical biking skill to negotiate rocks and roots. These can be done easily by dismounting and pushing the bike over the larger rocks. Section 3 is significantly more technical and there are few sections that require a high degree of mountain biking skill or the ability to portage the bike over boulders and up a short talus field. There are exit points after 1 or 2 and we’ll shuttle you to the rendezvous point if you choose to opt out of 3. It’s a beautiful drive too!
One guide per 6 riders on all our biking adventures.
All rates include: mountain bike rental (with helmet), snacks for the ride and a tasty picnic afterward.
Complete the Request Form on the right of this page to book a scheduled or custom adventure!