Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Inyo National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

So good!!!! Loved every minute of it!

Awesome trail did it yesterday with my gf and our 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (stock) unfortunately no snow up there at all but still very scenic trail love it!!!

highly recommended 4x4 low range and high clearance vehicles only maybe some lockers would be good if snow!!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Been to Laurel Lake 44 times! Always 4x4! (mine is a Jeep TJ standard) Talk to a Forest Ranger in Mammoth Lakes--Sometimes they have new updates on trail. Arrive at trail beginning "early" say sunrise up to 11:00 a.m. Then enjoy the drive and peninsula on lake. Peninsula is highest place to legally have a campfire! Wonderful fly fishing here! 7 wonderful hikes around & above lake. When driving back down never, ever leave till 2:00 p.m. ! ! WHY? Road is narrow...just a bit winder than your vehicle! No head on meeting! Very difficult to dive backwards with steep drop offs. Only 2 areas to pass each other and far apart. My Activity: 4x4, fishing, photography, hiking, walking.
Best months to go up: no snow. Saturday can be to crowded---new visitors unaware of narrow road!

scenic driving
6 months ago

Drive part of this road going to the Inyo Craters Trail. Will definitely finish it next time

off road driving
7 months ago

Did this trail on a 2005 KTM EXC 450 and had my brother in law with his built up Jeep LJ. For carbed bikes, I highly recomment adjusting your jet. I went down to a 168 but I feel i should have gone down to a 160 since i had the fuel screw turned in heavily. She was definitely gasping for air. For vehicles, I recommend pressuring down and having an air compressor ready. Make sure your tires have a good side wall, the rocks were pretty sharp and plentiful. Didn't catch anything here, but the lake was gorgeous with some snow in the distance.

off road driving
8 months ago

Best of the Best

off road driving
8 months ago

Amazing time and breath taking views. Some tough moments with the jeep, especially the last turn. I saw a ton of razrs up there crushing it. Overall the end results is awesome. Water was sub zero.

off road driving
9 months ago

stock 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail: take it slow and you'll be fine. Great camping

off road driving
10 months ago

Anyone know whether or not a Polaris Ranger would make it up this road? Wondering if the "High Clearance" would be a problem for a ranger.

Thanks-

off road driving
11 months ago

Snow stopped us half way up. Nice rocky trail, a couple technical areas with deep ruts & boulders.
But a stock Suburban made it to the camp ground half way up.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Used as a cut through to the main road as we were leaving Mammoth and wanted to stop and take the Inyo Craters trail - scenic drive through some pine forest, dry sandy soil, views of the Sierras and some neat geothermal features.

off road driving
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We went on Dualsport motorcycles, pretty easy most of the way. Beautiful clear skies that day. It's not listed here, but check out the trail to McGee Mountain, Mt Morrison Rd off 395. That was hairy, steep, lots of switchbacks on the way up. Beautiful view of the valley from the top. I'd rather been on 4 wheels than 2 that day. You Jeep people would love it !

off road driving
Monday, February 27, 2017

This was a really fun trail on our Dualsport motorcycles. I'm not terribly experienced but it was pretty easy, even the water crossings. You can go all the way to The Bristlecone Pine Forest.

off road driving
Sunday, February 05, 2017

The road out of Bishop area is called Silver Canyon you will cross a creek minimum of 4 times depending on time of year with a water depth up to 2 feet, it is steep with lots of switch backs all the way to the top on to Bristleconepine road. At certain points the inclimb is more then 20% High clearance 4×4 only, so no Subaru
Do not attempt this road when you encounter snow, the chance of sliding off the mountain is very high.

off road driving
Friday, December 16, 2016

Great spot. Awesome camping at the end, and midway along the creek. I'm not sure how good of a hike it would be, lots of loose shale rock along the path. Fishing was poor which I was bummed about.

Monday, October 17, 2016

So beautiful the whole way! Lots of waterfalls and beaver dams. Took my 63 year old parents who are not avid hikers and they did great (with rests of course).

off road driving
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Always a blast out here with the boyfriend and our kiddos. We tend to always go back and take off on a new dirt road each time.

scenic driving
Friday, June 17, 2016

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, several over 4,000 years old. The drive from Big Pine is paved, twisty and dippy, and solitary. Take 168 out of Big Pine and then take a left on White Mountain road. Total mileage one way is about 23 miles. The visitor center at Schulman Grove at over 10,000 feet elevation is open in summer, with interperative programs, gifts, and information about the trees. Several self guided trails allow you to explore the forest. There is a nice short vista hike along White Mountain Road that gives you a pretty good 360 view of the surrounding high desert areas and down into Big Pine and Bishop. The trees are the stars as their twisty, gnarled trunks show the thousands of years of wear and tear they've survived. Takes about 2 hours RT if you get out and hike one of the Schulman Grove trails. There is a 4x4 road to Schulman out of Bishop, but not maintained and "iffy." Winter/spring of 2016 has been harsh on the road with lots of runoff. Although the dirt road is shorter, the paved road will be quicker and much less wear and tear. Check out this drive from Big Pine.

off road driving
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Road was dirt but not bad at all, I don't even think you would need 4X4. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! We saw deer. Very peaceful. :)

off road driving
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The last hairpin at the top has a pucker factor to it if you have a long wheelbase vehicle.

off road driving
Thursday, September 06, 2012

I did this from top to bottom on a larger size adventure bike, not necessarily a dirt bike. I found it to be moderately difficult for an adventure bike to handle. Lots of climate zones you'll pass through on the way down. Lots of water crossings but all were shallow and not a problem.

off road driving
Sunday, August 19, 2012

I entered Saline Valley from the north out of Big Pine off the road to Death Valley. Foolishly I went alone in a Toyota Corona Mark ll. I went off the the road to explore but I almost got stuck in the sand and fortunately I had chains and it was a miracle that I got back on the road. There was a flash flood at one point and I got to high ground.Proceeding out of the valley to the south end the road was rocky and I could feel the rocks scraping the bottom of my car. I came out onto US 190 on the east side of Owens Lake. I think if I had had a higher clearance vehicle that had true 4WD not the 4WD in todays street cars I would have enjoyed the trip more. I never saw any other vehicles the whole time and my CB radio did not pick up anybody. Exciting but scarry too. If you love solitude and the desert you'll love this trip. Take plenty of water. Supposedly there is an old communal hang out on the north east end. I drove this in 1976.

off road driving
Thursday, April 29, 2010

We came in on the "South Road" from Olancha as the North Pass was still icy and covered in snow at many points. We came in at night, which I do not recommend for first timers, as the road has its challenges! Extremely rocky and bumpy with washboards throughout. Driving in the daylight is also quite dramatic as the views and vistas are breathtaking. This is not a road for novices and you must be certain to bring in everything you might need as there are no stores, your cell phone will probably not work and AAA will NOT come and tow you out. I have explored this area in detail for many years and it is one of my most favorite places to visit. The landscape is similar to that of Death Valley along with the same flora, fauna and geographical attributes. High ground clearance is required and four-wheel drive can get you into more trouble than you can get out of!

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