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Mammoth Lakes Trail System - Summer 2016 Efforts

The snow is melting and the Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) team is preparing for a productive season of trail work. Thanks to the support of the community, its leadership, and strong partnerships, we have the resources to make a real difference out on the ground in 2016. Our team will be working hard to improve trail facilities with a focus on soft surface trail maintenance and installing new USFS standard signs throughout the trail system. 

The Mammoth Lakes Trail System Soft Surface Trail Maintenance Program will include the use of seasonal maintenance crews and three Summer of Stewardship Trail Days volunteer events. The maintenance crews will focus on substantial rock and dirt work within the municipal boundary of the Town. Our goal for this effort is to set the groundwork for a sustainable trail system which will minimize potential erosion by sculpting the existing trails, creating opportunities for water to sheet off of the trail tread instead of focusing into channels and causing problems. Our crews will use USFS standardized maintenance protocol documents, be well trained, and have leadership on the ground. 

There will be three MLTS Summer of Stewardship: Trail Days events for volunteers to participate in this season. 

Spectacular view from Panorama Dome

June 4th 2016 (National Trails Day), will focus on installing soft surface trail directional signs in the Panorama Dome area. The new signs are made using the Sign and Poster Guidelines for the Forest Service document and we will follow the USFS Sign Installation Guide document for placement direction. We will also do some light trail maintenance and clean up litter wherever we find it. For more information, click here.

August 13th 2016, will focus on installing soft surface trail directional signs on the Mountain View, Uptown and Downtown trails. We will also plan to clean up around the Earthquake Fault Interpretive Area.

September 17th 2016, will celebrate and coordinate with the Great Sierra River Clean Up by picking up litter and cleaning up the Lakes Basin area. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier State of California volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region. This cleanup is an annual event coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day.

We look forward to seeing you out on the trails this summer! - The Mammoth Lakes Trail System Team 

For more information, contact Trails Coordinator Joel Rathje at [email protected] - (760) 914-1769 

The Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) is a partnered effort of the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the United States Forest Service.

Summer of Stewardship Trail Day event 2015