Trail System gets a red ribbon


Big party at Welcome Center

Everybody who was anybody was at the Welcome Center last Saturday, Oct. 20, to open the new, enhanced Mammoth Lakes Trail System.

The Girl Scouts did color-guard ceremonies; Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta offered remarks; Mammoth Mayor Matthew Lehman was coerced off the trails to commemorate the trails; and John Wentworth, executive director of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access (MLTPA) Foundation took time off from trail work.

All helped commemorate an effort that would have been impossible in the not-too-distant past: the completion of a large project involving public agencies that have not always been in lock step with each other.

As much as anything, it was a ribbon-cutting ceremony on behalf of the federal Recovery Act, which funneled thousands of dollars into, among other things, the new Lakes Basin Path.

The Mammoth Lakes Trail System offers recreation opportunities on more than 300 miles of trails.

Managed jointly by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest, the system includes connections to three wilderness areas—Devils Postpile National Monument, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail.