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The Eastern California Museum
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This place is worth a stop, if you wanna stay away from the crowds at Bishop CA. Along Hwy 395 the majestic Eastern Sierras run their length, steep granite ridge lines, awesome views & diverse landscapes. The Eastern California Museum here in Independence is excellent & has plenty sites to see for that luxurious, extra long stretch break (from driving too much). Get out & move a little, for more than 5 minutes. How about a picnic & yoga on the lawn next to the creek!
Inyo Mountains Map
Inyo Mountains Map
Kings Canyon High Co
Kings Canyon High Co
John Muir Trail Map Set
John Muir Trail Map Set
Kearsarge Pass
Kearsarge Pass
elevation: 3925' population: 1,000 zip code: 93526


valley with few trees & great access to mountains

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Inyo County
S of Bishop
on Hwy 395




  • backpacking
  • back roads
  • camping
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • horse pack trips
  • mountain biking
  • High Sierra Hiking Photos
  • Los Angeles Aquaduct
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Alabama Hills
  • Manzanar War Relocation Center
  • Inyo National Forest
  • Onion Valley Trailhead
  • Independence Park
  • Museum in Independence
  • Dehy Park - Picnic Stop on Hwy 395
  • Independence Creek
  • John Muir Wilderness
  • independence campgrounds

    Grays Meadows Campgrounds
    Onion Valley Campground
    Independence Creek Campground
    Taboose Creek Campground
    Tinnemaha Campground
    Alabama Hills BLM Camping

    tent camping

    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.

    nearby towns:
    Big Pine
    Lone Pine
    Panamint Springs
    Death Valley
    local links:

    Inyo County Visitor

    Onion Valley Trailheads
    Friends of the Inyo
    Eastern Sierra - Highway 395
    Onion Valley & Kearsarge Pass Photos
    Fort Independence Indians
    Eastern Sierra Transit
    John Muir Wilderness Hiking Maps
    PCT - Pacific Crest Trail Maps
    Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assoc.

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