San Joaquin Ridge Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This leisurely stroll along a dirt road provides some astonishing vistas of the Minarets and surrounding canyons and mountains of the Mammoth region. Comprising mostly pumice gravel with copses of windswept pines, the terrain is wide open, making it easy to leave the road without getting lost. To the south, Mammoth Mountain rises naked of snow, bearing the scars of its ski runs, lifts, and buildings, and yet a most extraordinary reflector of afternoon light. On the eastern horizon, you can see the White Mountains. To the west we have unobstructed views of the Minarets, Banner Peak (12, 945 feet), and Mount Ritter (13, 157 feet), a row of jagged stone teeth that, properly scaled down, would do credit to an alligator’s smile."