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California High Desert, North of Bishop, CA

US highway 6 California
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ancient bristlecones

US Highway 6

Grand Army of the Republic Highway

The high desert, sage-brush region of California's Highway 6 heads northeast to Nevada, from the busy Eastern Sierra mecca of Bishop alog Hwy 395 N. The main turn off - with traffic light, is next to the giant grocery store. The Laws railroad museum is worth s stop, just north of town on the right side. The mountain range to the eastside are the White Mountains, Inyo National Forest and home to the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living trees on earth!

If you plan to rock crawl or climb your way up to the National Forest boundary from this route, you'll need a 4x4 vehicle, a good topo map and plenty of time. The acesss is through steep Silver Creek Canyon. The Sierra Nevada mountain range is way across to the valley, to the westside of the caldera.

HWY 120 junction is at Benton Hot Springs is north of Bishop, CA about 40 miles or so. The small, rural, resort called Hot Springs is tucked way back, off the main highway. Out near the Paiute Tribe Reservation.

There are several primitive hot spring tubs on the back roads - between Benton and Mammoth. The bumpy, dirt roads and the mud can get thick kkin certain spots, so know the limitations of your vehicle. There is plenty access to multiple primitive style, soaking holes and springs, from Benton Crossing Road. Take the turn on to the wide dirt route called Whitmore Tubs Road. Numerous roads and springs, but none are signed, so you best have that GPS handy.

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rock climbers
Boundary Peak
towns scenic areas creeks / lakes / rivers
Montgomery Mountain
Benton Hot Springs
White Mountain Estates
Inyo National Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Volcanic Tablelands
Long Valley Caldera
Owens River Gorge
Primitive Hot Springs
Fish Slough
Lake Crowley
Owens River
Silver Creek
White Mountain Ranch Falls
Montgomery Creek
activities sites historic
Backroad Exploration
Mountain Biking
Rock Climbing
Benton Hot Springs
Silver Canyon
Grand Army of the Republic Highway
Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe
Laws Railroad Museum
Montgomery City
Red Canyon Petroglyphs
Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs
Kings Mill

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