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Old February 19th, 2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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Tourists go to Mt Whitney, locals go to White Mountain.

I thought I would post this for anyone that is going out west for the summer.
We would hitch hike up in the morning with the crew from big pine, and mountain bike down. It is then an almost thirty mile ride, all down hill, almost 10,000' elevation drop. There is truly nothing like it. We would camp at Grand View, named because it kind of sits on a ledge 5000' above the valley.
Off roader heaven this area is.




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Very cool.

While White Mountain looks a bit extreme for me at this point, I want to head somewhere out West where I can do some running a mile or more above sea level. I've got a few places in Colorado and New Mexico picked out.
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That would be such a fun ride! Gotta remember it for when I visit my buddy out there.
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More info.

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So is this place only open those two days?? I am going out to Ca in a couple of weeks. I am taking my Mt.bike and am trying to figure out where I will be going. This place is about 3.5 hours from where I will be. Totally doable.
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So is this place only open those two days?? I am going out to Ca in a couple of weeks. I am taking my Mt.bike and am trying to figure out where I will be going. This place is about 3.5 hours from where I will be. Totally doable.
Where will you be at?

Drought, so lots of trails open. 300acres burn in Bridgeport, forty homes lost in June Lake. Winter and spring mountain biking along the eastern Sierras abound.

The road has gates across to get to the very tip top, if you want to get a good idea of the terrain, watch the movie Tremors. The big mountains in the background.

When I lived near Tahoe, we would run around Owens Valley from Olancha to Bishop, for winter cycling adventures. Public land abounds, ghost towns, Death Valley, oh my.

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I will be between Las Vegas, Fontana CA and Phoenix for 2 weeks. I am going to try to ride a few days here and there. For the most part I will be in the Vegas area. I am thinking about going to ST George in Utah. I just don't know yet.
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I will be between Las Vegas, Fontana CA and Phoenix for 2 weeks. I am going to try to ride a few days here and there. For the most part I will be in the Vegas area. I am thinking about going to ST George in Utah. I just don't know yet.
If it was me, I would come in the back way from amoragosso, Beatty, or Tonopah. But be forewarned, you will see gobs of trails and roads to explore, as well as ghost towns, mining camps and such.

Hot springs at the end of Saline Valley are legendary, 4x4 only, pucker factor of 6.

Some of the most fun I ever had collecting a paycheck was working on Helitack out of Independence. The Museum there is a must see. Ask to see the old maps about the water wars.
Green and White House a block over is where Sheldon, opened a kitchen cabinet to see Charlie Mansons beady little eyes looking back at him.
Ghost towns worth the trip are Aurora, Bodie, Darwin. If the weather is good and you have time, take the backroad over Lucky Boy Pass. If you have never heard of Bodie, Google it. The state park took it over, and it is all pretty civilized.

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Fontana has Lytle Creek. Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto.
Lots of little abandoned switchback roads on the backside of Big Bear near Forest Falls. Mt San Gorgonio out of whitewater.

I used to drive an ambulance for the county of berdoo back in the 70s. All those places are an hour or so away.
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<<<<<The Hot Springs in my avatar are fifteen miles from Bodie.

Here is a tip. In Bishop. One of the motels owns the cabins behind the park in town. They are old wood buildings that I think used to be barracks, they are a little cheaper, open up to the the big park in town.

The road that runs along the owens River is Los Angeles Department of Water and Power property. Have at it, nobody cares. But you get out there between towns, nobody is coming your way anytime soon. A popular MTB trail is silver canyon by Laws. Another ghost town, this one abandoned in the fifties. That is the base of the mountain. The road is basically a chute to the top.

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That all sounds good, but I will have limited time and I plan on riding my bike. I wont have a Jeep or anything like that. Looking to ride some scenic, moderate trails. A couple of the guys I will be riding with are either somewhat novice or cant get hurt lol.
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Bodie looks awesome, but too far away :-(
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That all sounds good, but I will have limited time and I plan on riding my bike. I wont have a Jeep or anything like that. Looking to ride some scenic, moderate trails. A couple of the guys I will be riding with are either somewhat novice or cant get hurt lol.
Pedal or motor?
Out of Bishop you can do either.

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One of my favorite was full moons at the pinnacles outside of Trona.
They used it for a set for the original Lost in Space series.
Mining tunnels are up the roads in New York canyon, and Layton canyon.
Stay on that side of the highway, super secret DoD shit goes on down there.
If you're lucky and they are running AWACS out of Randsburg you will get one hell of an air show.



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through some consulting work I've done, I know the treasurer and IT director of Inyo County California (that entire region)

the treasurer has lived there essentially most of her life, and she was telling some pretty funny stories about the aircraft in the area lazing traffic on 395 as "practice" and doing fake strafing runs on the elk herds.

it's truly beautiful but also desolate country with the drought.
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Eat at Erick Schatt's Bakkery when you get back in town. Good sammiches and loafs of bread. Used to stop there everytime I'd drive from Reno to San Bernardino
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Eat at Erick Schatt's Bakkery when you get back in town. Good sammiches and loafs of bread. Used to stop there everytime I'd drive from Reno to San Bernardino
I love hwy 395. Lots of remote public lands.
I worked out of Bridgeport for twenty years.
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