3.3 miles
Distance
101 ft
Climb
-1,363 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Long burner from Mid to Canyon

Adaptive Info:
I choose to forego the part of Brake Through that goes around the lake and just ride the road. Its way easier and you're not missing anything. There is an off-camber rock right at the beginning but its mellow. Then there are two rock gardens. Some adaptive riders will need a spot. There is one more rock rock garden on the easterly traverse section that is pretty mellow and then there is an exposed section on the westerly traverse section right before the junction to Flow. This section is rated aMTB3 and most adaptive riders will need a spot. This can be avoided via the Flow Fall-Line Shortcut. Flow has ride arounds for everything gnarly and would be aMTB1 except for a steep narrow bridge over a log. Adaptive riders with front wheel drive might need a push. Smooth Operator is a wide open jump line but the Taj Mahal is steep down wood feature that ends up in wall gap jump. Take it slow and aim for the BLUE RAMP.

Detailed Description
Brake Through to Flow to Smooth Operator is a 3 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Mammoth Lakes California. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction. This route includes 23 trails. This route climbs 101 ft with a max elevation of 9,657 ft then descends -1,363 ft.

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28 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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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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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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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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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!
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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!
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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 20:53)
Trail Gravy Train
I hate this trail. I love the Bike Park but this is probably the most worthless trail on the mountain.

It doesn't matter if you start at McCoy or at Off the Top, you will be climbing most of the way. At the end of the summer I was able to do all the climbs on this trail which was quite an accomplishment, but this trail is so easily avoidable. I think Bearing Straits doesn't get the love it deserves because it requires riding Gravy Train to get there if you want to ride it downhill.
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DataJunkie (Sep 19, 2022 at 13:57)
Trail Gravy Train
It has been 6 years, and I've leveled up, and lost 50 pounds, and my opinion remains. I curse in my head when I am on this trail.

Bearing Straits is a lot of fun, and GrAvY TrAiN is the only way to get to it heading westbound. Coming from OTT isn't too bad as it's a quick ride with a little bit of climbing, but it's full of really loose rock, almost like gravel. Coming from McCoy, good lord, is a workout. If you want to ride Bearing Straits, enter Gravy Train from OTT. You could also ride UP from Eliminator/White Bark.
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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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Trails in Route

Service Road2,083 ft
Gravy Train164 ft
Service Road161 ft
Brake Through2 miles
Flow384 ft
Flow2,897 ft
Pipeline223 ft
Service Road171 ft
Smooth Operator2,746 ft

Details

  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    DH, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    One Direction
More Stats for Brake Through to Flow 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
    -7.2%
  • Grade max
    -45.7%
  • Grade min
    16.6%
  • Distance climb
    3,018 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    636 ft
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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
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