3.1 miles
Distance
96 ft
Climb
-1,358 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Smooth Operator is sort of an extension of Pipeline and its customary to link them. All kinds of good stuff o this route.

Adaptive Rider Information
Rating: aMTB2 - Some Obstacles Exist - Support Recommended
Some potential dilemmas exist. Be sure to consult POIs and bring a support rider the first time. There is an exposed section of trail on Brake Through that can be bypassed by using the Flow Fall-Line Shortcut

Detailed Description
Brake Through, Flow, Pipeline to Smooth Operator is a 3 mile moderately popular extreme route located near Mammoth Lakes California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction. This route includes 25 trails. This route climbs 96 ft with a max elevation of 9,657 ft then descends -1,358 ft.

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25 Reviews & Comments

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DataJunkie (Sep 19, 2022 at 15:35)
If you want to skip the initial fire road climb from McCoy to the entrance, take Chair 16 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm during peak season) and ride down the Burma Road (service road). It's called Follow Me Connector on the map.
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DataJunkie (Sep 19, 2022 at 15:35)
If you want to skip the initial fire road climb from McCoy to the entrance, take Chair 16 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm during peak season) and ride down the Burma Road (service road). It's called Follow Me Connector on the map.
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DataJunkie (Sep 19, 2022 at 15:35)
If you want to skip the initial fire road climb from McCoy to the entrance, take Chair 16 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm during peak season) and ride down the Burma Road (service road). It's called Follow Me Connector on the map.
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DataJunkie (Sep 19, 2022 at 15:35)
If you want to skip the initial fire road climb from McCoy to the entrance, take Chair 16 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm during peak season) and ride down the Burma Road (service road). It's called Follow Me Connector on the map.
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whogben (Aug 29, 2022 at 16:01)
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whogben (Aug 29, 2022 at 16:01)
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whogben (Aug 29, 2022 at 16:01)
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whogben (Aug 29, 2022 at 16:01)
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Scarlo73 (Aug 19, 2021 at 18:09)
In the beginning a lot of pedaling but then it gets fun. Connected to Boomerang so never completely did it
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Scarlo73 (Aug 19, 2021 at 18:09)
In the beginning a lot of pedaling but then it gets fun. Connected to Boomerang so never completely did it
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Scarlo73 (Aug 19, 2021 at 18:09)
In the beginning a lot of pedaling but then it gets fun. Connected to Boomerang so never completely did it
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Scarlo73 (Aug 19, 2021 at 18:09)
In the beginning a lot of pedaling but then it gets fun. Connected to Boomerang so never completely did it
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Xfmtb0419 (Dec 31, 2017 at 15:17)
Trail Pipeline
Big freakin jumps.
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Xfmtb0419 (Dec 31, 2017 at 15:17)
Trail Pipeline
Big freakin jumps.
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Xfmtb0419 (Dec 31, 2017 at 15:17)
Trail Pipeline
Big freakin jumps.
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Xfmtb0419 (Dec 31, 2017 at 15:17)
Trail Pipeline
Big freakin jumps.
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Xfmtb0419 (Dec 31, 2017 at 15:17)
Trail Pipeline
Big freakin jumps.
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 21:14)
Classic intermediate trail. Tons of fun rock gardens, beautiful scenery etc. Extremely sandy in certain spots near the top but a fun challenge, lots of paver turns and a few braking bumps in deep kittle litter that can be fun, or throw you off your bike.

The beginning can be a bit of a bummer, a long climb on a service road, and there is a rock garden created by a waterfall that is tough to negotiate. If you can't make it, you will end up having to walk your bike through it and up the climb. Early season, there was about a foot of water coming down the waterfall and into the trail.

This is a great ride for many adventures: Connect to Flow, Seven Bridges, Ricochet, or Skid Marks via Lincoln Express. Or, ride to the bottom and continue onto Paper Route or Downtown, and the best part is you bypass the climbs on Downtown!
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 21:14)
Classic intermediate trail. Tons of fun rock gardens, beautiful scenery etc. Extremely sandy in certain spots near the top but a fun challenge, lots of paver turns and a few braking bumps in deep kittle litter that can be fun, or throw you off your bike.

The beginning can be a bit of a bummer, a long climb on a service road, and there is a rock garden created by a waterfall that is tough to negotiate. If you can't make it, you will end up having to walk your bike through it and up the climb. Early season, there was about a foot of water coming down the waterfall and into the trail.

This is a great ride for many adventures: Connect to Flow, Seven Bridges, Ricochet, or Skid Marks via Lincoln Express. Or, ride to the bottom and continue onto Paper Route or Downtown, and the best part is you bypass the climbs on Downtown!
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 21:14)
Classic intermediate trail. Tons of fun rock gardens, beautiful scenery etc. Extremely sandy in certain spots near the top but a fun challenge, lots of paver turns and a few braking bumps in deep kittle litter that can be fun, or throw you off your bike.

The beginning can be a bit of a bummer, a long climb on a service road, and there is a rock garden created by a waterfall that is tough to negotiate. If you can't make it, you will end up having to walk your bike through it and up the climb. Early season, there was about a foot of water coming down the waterfall and into the trail.

This is a great ride for many adventures: Connect to Flow, Seven Bridges, Ricochet, or Skid Marks via Lincoln Express. Or, ride to the bottom and continue onto Paper Route or Downtown, and the best part is you bypass the climbs on Downtown!
[Reply]
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 21:14)
Classic intermediate trail. Tons of fun rock gardens, beautiful scenery etc. Extremely sandy in certain spots near the top but a fun challenge, lots of paver turns and a few braking bumps in deep kittle litter that can be fun, or throw you off your bike.

The beginning can be a bit of a bummer, a long climb on a service road, and there is a rock garden created by a waterfall that is tough to negotiate. If you can't make it, you will end up having to walk your bike through it and up the climb. Early season, there was about a foot of water coming down the waterfall and into the trail.

This is a great ride for many adventures: Connect to Flow, Seven Bridges, Ricochet, or Skid Marks via Lincoln Express. Or, ride to the bottom and continue onto Paper Route or Downtown, and the best part is you bypass the climbs on Downtown!
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 20:48)
Above my level, but super fun. The trick to have a "smooth" ride is speed. The bottoms of the berms are very sandy, so you will want to ride the berm and thus need the speed. The berms are a tad sketchy because there are trees and roots growing into them. Nothing that someone at level couldn't handle. The wallride has a lip at the bottom so you don't have to ride it. If you do ride it, there is a weird but intentional misalignment that seems to require you jump kinda sideways off the wall. Watch the videos to see what I mean.

I think the gap jump is at the bottom by Canyon Lodge, and it's very easy to ridearound/miss.
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 20:48)
Above my level, but super fun. The trick to have a "smooth" ride is speed. The bottoms of the berms are very sandy, so you will want to ride the berm and thus need the speed. The berms are a tad sketchy because there are trees and roots growing into them. Nothing that someone at level couldn't handle. The wallride has a lip at the bottom so you don't have to ride it. If you do ride it, there is a weird but intentional misalignment that seems to require you jump kinda sideways off the wall. Watch the videos to see what I mean.

I think the gap jump is at the bottom by Canyon Lodge, and it's very easy to ridearound/miss.
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 20:48)
Above my level, but super fun. The trick to have a "smooth" ride is speed. The bottoms of the berms are very sandy, so you will want to ride the berm and thus need the speed. The berms are a tad sketchy because there are trees and roots growing into them. Nothing that someone at level couldn't handle. The wallride has a lip at the bottom so you don't have to ride it. If you do ride it, there is a weird but intentional misalignment that seems to require you jump kinda sideways off the wall. Watch the videos to see what I mean.

I think the gap jump is at the bottom by Canyon Lodge, and it's very easy to ridearound/miss.
[Reply]
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DataJunkie (Oct 3, 2016 at 20:48)
Above my level, but super fun. The trick to have a "smooth" ride is speed. The bottoms of the berms are very sandy, so you will want to ride the berm and thus need the speed. The berms are a tad sketchy because there are trees and roots growing into them. Nothing that someone at level couldn't handle. The wallride has a lip at the bottom so you don't have to ride it. If you do ride it, there is a weird but intentional misalignment that seems to require you jump kinda sideways off the wall. Watch the videos to see what I mean.

I think the gap jump is at the bottom by Canyon Lodge, and it's very easy to ridearound/miss.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    DH, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    One Direction
More Stats for Brake Through, Flow, Pipeline to Smooth Operator mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,262 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,337 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,599 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,337 ft
  • Grade
    -7.7%
  • Grade max
    -46%
  • Grade min
    16.6%
  • Distance climb
    2,946 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    758 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Brake Through
Oct 26, 2022 @ 2:53am
Oct 26, 2022
A bit of snow on top and many loose rocks across trail
Smooth Operator
Sep 3, 2022 @ 9:21am
Sep 3, 2022
Pipeline
Jul 26, 2022 @ 11:15am
Jul 26, 2022
open for 2022
Flow
Jul 26, 2022 @ 11:08am
Jul 26, 2022
open for 2022
Flow Fall-Line Shortcut
Aug 23, 2021 @ 12:32pm
Aug 23, 2021
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