From heaven high…
Cycling at 2,400 metres of altitude at departure, on rides that are all climbs…well, it’s a challenge for the Mont-Tremblant rider, particularly at the start of the season. But the sheer scenic beauty of the June Lake Loop (2,600 metres) and of the Tioga Pass (3,031 metres) deals with the difficulty. Word of honour.
Pretty much whoever you ask in the Mammoth Lakes district will say that these two destinations are among the musts of a cycling visit to this side of California’s Sierra Nevada.
The fifty or so kilometres of the June Lake Loop – do a return trip rather than the loop incorporating the very busy US 365, a near superhighway, although it does have a good shoulder – doesn’t ask too much of your calves or your heart, particularly if you’ve spent a few days at Mammoth Lakes getting used to the altitude.
It’s a thrilling ride that includes mountain and lakeside and ends up after 25 kilometres in the desert. Wow!
Doing the Tioga pass, on the other hand, means you’ll have to suffer a bit. The entry road at Yosemite National Park on the Sierra Nevada side is close to 20 kilometres of continuous uphill climb, with an altitude change of close to 1000 metres.
But it’s magnificent! They say that the section of Route 120 West is one of the most beautiful of the Sierra Nevada. I believe them.
Alain Bisson47 Posts
Journaliste depuis plus de 30 ans, Alain Bisson a débuté sa carrière au Journal de Montréal à titre de journaliste à l'économie. Au cours des dernières années, Alain fut également directeur du pupitre et directeur des contenus week-end à La Presse. / A journalist for more than 30 years, Alain Bisson began his career at the Journal de Montreal as a journalist covering economics. In recent years, Alain was also weekend content director and bureau chief for La Presse.