Little Smokey Loop
ElevationAscent: 362' 110 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 7,890' 2,405 m
Low: 7,578' 2,310 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“An easy loop with nice alpine views along forest service doubletrack.”— Alan Jacoby
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
You can ride two or all three of these together if you seek a little more challenge. They all use the same staging area. No matter how you do it, Little Smokey offers up some majestic views of the Sherwins, San Joaquin Ridge, The Minarets and Mammoth Mountain area.
This ride starts off very moderately and continues that way. The climbing is gradual, and the descending is fun with a couple of sandy areas here and there. Once you turn right on 3S13 (at 1.2 miles), the views open up, and youll forget youre climbing. Dont forget to gaze to the right and remember why youre in the Eastern Sierra!!
Head out east on 3S04, it will go straight for a bit and then turn to the left. At mile 1.2, you'll hit a trail junction. Go right on 3S13 (continuing straight on 3S04 will take you on Big Smokey Loop and Lookout Mountain Loop). At mile 1.8, stay right at the junction. There are some gorgeous views to your right, dont forget to look!! Veer right and head down the sandy Power Line Rd and then again, staying on the Power Line Rd. After four miles, veer right on 3S38 and then continue right, yet again, staying on the main road from here on out. You'll descend into Smokey Bear Flat and return back to kiosk where you began 6 miles total.
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