Explore the most popular off road driving trails near Bishop 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!!

Great views and absolutely exciting for a first timer. Definitely a low gear experience coming down. 5-6 water crossings over a light running creek.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fun trail, amazing views from the top area. If traveling down from White Mountain you will want to lock in low gear and use breaks lightly, which is hard to do with the steep grade, loose rock, and shelf road. I recommend taking a break at one of the large turns to give them a rest.

Spotted 32 Big Horn Sheep in the mouth of the Canyon. If you don't see them, shut your car off and listen, you can hear them causing rocks to fall as they walk around.

There are six or more water crossings, all which are pretty low, about 2 inches deep if that. The last one (or first if you are traveling up) is the deepest, roughly 5-6inches deep.

off road driving
Monday, July 10, 2017

This trail crosses a creek at least six times, went in July with 105+ degree heat so stopping a couple of times to soak your feet and wet a towel makes this an added plus.
The trail starts out with a very subtle incline until about the 6 mile mark when it begins to climb fairly steep with many switchbacks. rock formations and views are fantastic!

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.

on Buttermilk Road

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.

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. :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Easy but steep 4wd track.
Terrific views from the switchbacks.
Take the alternate route near the top for a more challenging finish.

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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