valley with few trees & great access to mountains
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S of Bishop
on Hwy 395
parks, forests, rivers & lakes:
Owens Valley: Dispersed high desert ranches & small town homes, with creek to valley floor at the base of the majestic Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is one of those blink & you're already thru it kinda towns on Hwy 395. Sagebrush high desert, minimal greenery & granite alpine bliss all within a few miles of each other. Take the drive way up to Onion Valley for a picnic - or a full day hike, to the teal bluest lakes that only dreams are made of.
Rock Hounding South Along Hwy. 395 near Independence - East on Colosuim Rd. 3 miles - follow power lines 5 miles, South 2 miles to Crystal Ridge, continue into Inyo Mountains. Minerals found - Clear and Smokey Quartz, Amethyst with red tint, Hematite, Snail Fossils.
Independence Chamber of Commerce
Onion Valley Trailheads
Friends of the Inyo
Eastern Sierra - Highway 395
Onion Valley & Kearsarge Pass Photos
Still Life Cafe
Fort Independence Indians
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority
John Muir Wilderness Hiking Maps
PCT - Pacific Crest Trail Maps
Cinder Cones - Meet the Volcanoes
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assoc.