Trail News / MLTS - Trails Days 2017 – Mammoth Rock Trail Connector Grand Opening

MLTS - Trails Days 2017 – Mammoth Rock Trail Connector Grand Opening


Saturday July 1, 2017 will be a very special day for the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, as we gather for trail work and to celebrate the grand opening of the Mammoth Rock Trail Connector. It is the first new trail in the Sherwins from the Sherwins Area Recreation Plan (SHARP). Conceived by members of the Sherwins Working Group in 2009 and documented in SHARP, the Mammoth Rock Trail Connector will be the first of two new trails to be built in the Sherwins this summer. The ribbon cutting for the Mammoth Rock Trail Connector will take place at 1:00 PM.

The day gets started as we join Footloose Sports and the Sierra Eastside Mountain Bike Association (SEMBA) at 8:30 AM on Saturday, July 1 at the Sherwins Trailhead next to the propane tanks on Sherwin Creek Road parking lot for a free bagel breakfast brought to you by Old New York Deli, along with a safety talk and work assignments. Volunteers will be conducting finish work on the new Mammoth Rock Trail Connector, installing new directional trail signs, and conducting general trail maintenance and clean-up efforts on nearby trails including the Mammoth Rock Trail. Volunteers will get an introduction to trail maintenance techniques, and those interested in being regular members of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System stewardship team should be sure to show up July 1 to get trained up for future Trail Day projects.

A free gourmet lunch brought to you by Volunteer Eastern Sierra and Bleu Handcrafted Foods will cap off your day of trail work, along with raffle prizes, free giveaways, and very special gift certificates in honor of former Council Member Skip Harvey. All ages and abilities are welcome, and we love to see families and clubs. Please arrive dressed for trail work (long pants, sun protection, sturdy close-toed shoes), and don't worry if you cannot make it right at 8:30; we can check you in and send you off to a task in progress just about any time before 10:30 a.m.

Trail Days are made possible by the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes Recreation, and Mammoth's own Measure R! And thanks to KMMT Radio for providing some priceless airtime to let everybody in on the fun. Close-toed shoes and long pants required; please carpool if you can. Visit for event details or call me at (760) 914-1769.


On July 8th and 9th, the Mammoth Lakes Trail System will host a very special free two-day trail workshop led by renowned trail builder Woody Keen. The workshop is designed to educate those interested in better understanding SMARTER trails: Sustainable, Manageable, Artistic Recreational Trails that are Ecologically sound and have good Risk Management Strategy. Space is limited and reservations are required so be sure to reserve your spot by sending an email requesting a spot to [email protected]. 

Workshop Day 1 begins at 8:30 AM and will be held upstairs at the Mammoth Lakes Fire Station at 3150 Main Street. This indoor training session will begin with presentations on trail planning, design and development with topics including: What is a trail?; Understanding the four areas of trail sustainability: Physical, Ecological, Managerial, and Social Sustainability; Understanding different user needs; Developing trail specifications, specific trail design tips and tricks, predicting user impacts, and tools for producing steeper and more technically challenging trails. The afternoon sessions will be focused on general and advanced trail maintenance. Workshop Day 2 will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Sherwins Trailhead off of Sherwin Creek Road. This session will consist of field-based, hands-on training ranging from field trail design, to new trail construction and trail maintenance. For this workshop, please dress for trail work (close-toed shoes, long pants and gloves) and bring a sack lunch with plenty of hydration. 

Special workshop guests will include:

  • Greg Williams, Executive Director of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship;
  • Laurel Harkness, California-Hawaii Region Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association;
  • Stan Bales, BLM Eagle Lake Field Office Outdoor Recreation Planner; 
  • Garrett Villanueva, USFS Pacific Southwest Region Regional Trails Program Manager. 
  • Kevin Joell, of the Reno Fire Department, Biggest Little Trail Stewardship & TAMBA.


  • July 1: Mammoth Rock Trail Connector NEW TRAIL!
  • July 8 & 9: "Developing S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Trails" Two-Day Workshop - [email protected]
  • August 5: Meadow Trail Connector NEW TRAIL!
  • September 16: Lakes Basin Cleanup

Brand New Sustainable Trails and Sustainable Recreation - what a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!  See you in the field - and thanks!


Joel Rathje

Trails Coordinator Mammoth Lakes Trail System

[email protected]