Bodie ghost town sits in a perfect natural state of decay.
A favorite ride right from the shop is the Lake Mary loop.
Approximately five miles to Lake Mary, it’s a family-friendly,
gradual bike-path climb ascending out of town. From there
you can loop around Lake Mary, which is approximately 1.5
miles, totaling 12 miles back to the Wave Rave shop. Be sure
to explore some of the off-road trails in and around the Lake
Mary area as well. If you find the battery is getting low on
power, no need to panic, because it’s pretty much all downhill back to the shop.
The Village area of Mammoth has a wide variety of activities that families are sure to enjoy, such as weekly winter celebrations with appearances by Mammoth’s mascot, Woolly
the Mammoth, in the Village and annual events like Night of
Lights and Spring Fest to name a few. Summer brings a festival or event nearly every weekend, too, and for every taste or
interest. Also, you may want to catch unique movie screenings at the annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.
If you’re in the Mammoth area and searching for something to do off the bike, there are numerous hikes and lakes
within a 50-mile radius of Mammoth that offer world-class
hiking, fishing and boating. Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls,
June Lake and Mono Lake are just a few. Nearby Bodie ghost
town is well worth the hour-and-a-half drive north. This historic gold-mining town sits in a perfect state of decay, thanks
to the California State Parks systems that maintains it.
As is fitting for the role he played
in creating the year-round
playground that is Mammoth
Mountain, Dave McCoy has
earned a tribute to his vision and
years of hard work.
(Above) Shimmering Convict Lake is filled by sparkling
fresh snowmelt. (Left) Convict Lake just outside of
town will have you convicted not to leave.
If you’re heading north for some sightseeing to Bodie or
onward to Lake Tahoe and want to try a place that’s completely off the beaten path, Whoa Nellie Deli is the place.
It’s situated in a Mobil gas station right off Highway 395 at
the start of the famous Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance of
Yosemite National Park. It seems a bit remote to have the
reputation it does, but once you arrive, you’ll notice families
enjoying fantastic five-star food and views of the setting sun
over Mono Lake from the outdoor tables. It’s truly a rest stop/
restaurant/gas station like no other. It’s only open during the
late spring to early fall and is perfect for cyclists visiting the
One thing is for sure—a weekend in Mammoth won’t
scratch the surface. A week will, but you’ll still find yourself
wanting to visit again and again. ■
Pat Carrigan racing the 1989
NORBA World Championship.