Project Description: In an effort to engage with Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) activities and facilities in the Shady Rest/Inyo Craters sub-region, the Town of Mammoth Lakes applied for and was awarded a three-year planning grant from the California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division Grant Program in 2020. The Town of Mammoth Lakes, in partnership with Inyo National Forest - Mammoth Ranger District and Mono County, is using the California OHV planning grant funds for on-the-ground planning and environmental review (NEPA/CEQA) in order to optimize existing OHV trail facilities and to consider enhanced opportunities for trails in the Shady Rest/Inyo Craters sub-region. Proliferating user-created trails, lack of clear wayfinding information, and other public feedback indicate the area will benefit from systematic improvements. By enhancing the existing OHV trail network and devising new OHV trail facilities, this effort aims to mitigate resource concerns while providing a more enjoyable and safer experience for OHV users including motorcycles, quads, e-bikes, side by sides and 4X4s. This effort may also provide better access for camping, fishing, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, climbing, and mountain biking.
Click above to view the Shady Rest/Inyo Craters project agreement between the CA Department of Parks and Recreation, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Devision, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes as executed in April, 2020.
Click above to view the Mammoth Ranger District's letter of support for the Town of Mammoth Lakes' Shady Rest Inyo Craters OHV planning grant application.
Click above to view a map detailing the "Summer Existing Conditions" for the Shady Rest/Inyo Craters Special Study Area.
Click above to visit MLTPA's download page for the Town of Mammoth Lakes "Trail System Master Plan (TSMP)" adopted by the Town in 2011. The TSMP updated the Town’s 1991 Trails Plan via the Concept and Master Planning (CAMP) process initiated by MLTPA in 2007.
Click above to view a Mammoth Lakes Trail System “Trail News” blog post from March 2019 with details on the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant public comment period.
Click above to review minutes from the Mammoth Trails Committee meeting held Feb. 13, 2020 documenting updates on the Shady Rest/Inyo Craters Planning Grant (see attachment 4).
Click above to review the Mammoth Lakes Town Council Agenda Minutes from Feb. 5th 2020 to adopt the resolution accepting the SRIC OHV Grant.
Click above to view information regarding the USFS Shady Rest Motorized Staging Area Project that was authorized by a decision of the Mammoth District Ranger in 2013.
Click above to view information regarding the USFS Scenic Loop OSV/OHV Staging Areas Project initiated by the Mammoth Ranger District in 2013.
Click above to view a collection of photos capturing captivating scenery and recreational activities found in the Shady Rest Inyo Craters area.
Last updated December 29, 2020