If you have a free weekend get over to Mammoth Lakes. If you don’t have a free weekend then make a weekend free. If you can’t make a free weekend then quit your job and move into your car (ill advised advice not recommended…)
There is a lot of big, steep, wild country to explore our here. Hundreds of crystal clear lakes are scattered around the area. Each lake is surrounded by steep granite walls and most are easily (relatively, considering most are at 10,000ft) accessed by the 1000’s of miles of trails that criss cross the Easter Sierra. Just a few minutes drive from downtown Mammoth Lakes you can be on the PCT and a few miles after that you can connect with the John Muir Trail. These are some of the best trails I have ever run and the accessibility is unbelievable.
Here are a few brief runs I would recommend that Nike Trail teammate Tim Tollefson and Gnar Boss Hayden Teachout helped me discover.
Duck Pass– Park at Cold Creek Campground. I did an out and back but can be a loop as well. Strava link
Agnew Meadows to 1000 Island Lake– Park at Agnew Meadow (before 7AM to avoid shuttle) Make this a loop if you have time. Here is a link to my strava segment, basically just lots of lakes and beautiful views of The Minarets. The JMT section is much more challenging, rocky and technical while the PCT is super plush runnable trail. Strava Segment
Mammoth Mountain Via Dragon’s Back- Short, steep and technical but pretty awesome and ends at 11,053. Strava Link
For a complete list of awesome running in the area check out Sage to Summit
Here is a picture gallery from the weeks running, but don’t waste your time looking at my pictures. Get out there and take your own.
Gear that kept me alive during the week of training