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Mammoth Mountain enters `Twilight Zone' era

August 22, 2008 |  7:47 pm

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It may require a small fortune worth of gas to get to Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, but once you arrive all you’ll need are strong legs and a sense of adventure.

The sprawling mountain bikers’ paradise on Saturday will unveil its new free-ride trail, "Twilight Zone," and its most intriguing feature, as you can tell by the photo, is a nine-foot-tall, 50-foot wide, banked wooden bowl, built into a hillside.

It’s called “The Deep End” and it’s part of a trail that was supposed to have been completed last summer, but dry conditions in the Eastern Sierra presented too much of a fire danger and caused a construction delay.

Here’s a snippet from a news release issued Friday afternoon by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area above the town of Mammoth Lakes:

Perhaps the most unique aspect of Twilight Zone is the extensive use of recycled and reclaimed materials to build multiple aspects of the trail. Wood from old snow fences was used to create a series of retaining walls etched into the steep hillside, allowing riders to traverse otherwise unrideable terrain.
Wooden support beams for around 100 feet of bridging were reclaimed from old Mammoth Mountain properties. “The Deep End” uses several large, steel beams reclaimed from local businesses to help support and frame the massive structure and is covered in a decking material made from reclaimed wood and recycled plastic.


This undoubtedly will be a welcome addition among park regulars — especially those who make the 350-mile drive from the Los Angeles area. As for the new wooden bowl, it looks like a real gas.

--Pete Thomas

Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Caption: "The Deep End" is an elevated, banked wooden bowl sure to enhance the expansive trail system at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park.

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