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Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail

A solitary skier glides along fresh snow on Blacktail Plateau with mountains in the background.
Mountain views abound along the Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail.

NPS/Neal Herbert

The Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail is an easiest to more difficult 8 mile (12.8 km) one-way ski with two trailhead options. This occassionally groomed trail travels open meadows and forests with great wildlife viewing opportunities in winter. This trail may be skied from either end.

Begin 8 miles (13 km) east of Mammoth Hot Springs at a parking area across the road from a self-guiding trail, or at a service road approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) farther east (see map). The trail gradually climbs 900 feet (274 m) in 6 miles (9.7 km) through open meadows to “The Cut”. From here the trail descends 2 miles (3.2 km) down a moderate grade through a spruce-fi r forest to rejoin the Mammoth-Tower Road 1.4 miles (2.25 km) from Tower Junction. Broad vistas, elk, deer, coyotes, and occasionally bison may be seen.

Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals.

Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.

Ski tracks lead to a wintery view of Tower Fall.

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Details
The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Qualified service animals are welcome throughout the park and in all park facilities. However, they must be leashed and under your control at all times.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Begin 8 miles (13 km) east of Mammoth Hot Springs at a parking area across the road from a self-guiding trail, or at a service road approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) farther east (see map).
Accessibility Information

This occassionally groomed ski trail follows a dirt road for the entire 8.0 miles (12.8 km). The trail gradually climbs 900 feet (274 m) in 6 miles (9.7 km) through open meadows to “The Cut”. From here the trail descends 2 miles (3.2 km) down a moderate grade through a spruce-fir forest to rejoin the Mammoth-Tower Road 1.4 miles (2.25 km) from Tower Junction. Service dogs allowed.

 

Last updated: January 30, 2018