Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

EASY 6 reviews

Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway is a 195.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Little Lake, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

195.4 miles
10,866 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving




historic site

scenic driving
2 months ago

What a gem. Stunning, breathtaking, I had a such a great time enjoying the Sierras from this point of view (driving South). Don't miss a stop at Wild Willy's Hot Spring!!

scenic driving
4 months ago

One of the best views. I drive this route up to Mammoth.

7 months ago


scenic driving
10 months ago

I drove this last summer on a week trip to Sequoia-Kings and Yosemite National Park. I't quite the drive with the Sierra's on the West. Also drove to Whitney portal which was also a highlight

scenic driving
10 months ago

I drove the northern part of this scenic byway in the Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake area years ago. After exiting Yosemite at Tioga Pass, I explored this wonderful section before eventually traveling north to Reno and Lake Tahoe. I am hoping to get back to the region in the near future during a trip to Death Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing the middle and lower sections of the drive, with Mt. Whitney and the eastern slopes of the High Sierra abruptly rising up in front of me.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Another incredibly scenic stretch of U.S.highway that everyone should see at some point. Again, as before, surprised no one has reviewed this awesome drive. California 395 runs from the town of Hesperia California, to the town of Laurier in Washington state on the Canadian border. 1,305 miles total. But the stretch from Little Lakes, CA at an elevation of 3000', north to Bridgeport, CA, takes in the best of the Eastern Sierra. Peaks that are over 14,000' seem to rise right off the highway. The highest point in the lower 48 is Mt. Whitney which is right out of Lone Pine, CA. It is more than 10,750' higher than the elevation of the town, yet is only 13 miles away as the crow flies!! There are many small towns along this stretch that offer access to the Eastern Sierra high country. That's another entire story line. The first place one can cross the Sierra north of Little Lakes comes at the eastern entrance to Yosemite right before Lee Vining. There are no other roads across this range between here. North of Lee Vining the view tapers off a little, but it is still a nice drive beyond here. It is equally as nice doing this drive going south. You get to view more snow that way, as you will be looking at all the north sides of the peaks. Put this on your list of scenic drives if you haven't been here. You won't be disappointed.