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Old 06-27-2010, 10:01 AM   #1
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4th July Weekend Spots ???

Folks

our plans have changed for the July 4th weekend
were going out of town by air but looks like that wont be happening

any suggestions on where to Boondock that wont be a Zoo

Southern california starting point

Drive time 6-8 hours


thanx in advance

i am thinking

Anza Borego
395 corridor ( but where??)

what else??
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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Re: 4th July Weekend Spots ???

Up the 395 to the Mammoth area is always nice. Just north of Mono Lake is an area called Virginia Lakes, some nice camping up there as long as the snow isn't still hanging around!
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:56 PM   #3
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Up the 395 to the Mammoth area is always nice. Just north of Mono Lake is an area called Virginia Lakes, some nice camping up there as long as the snow isn't still hanging around!
bushwacking?
forest service?
blm?

googled some pics, nice

Because of freaking work, i dont have much time to plan and check out stuff
In a perfect world, i would just hit the road
Drive 6-8 hours
Lock in the hubs
Drive a bit more
Park
Set up camp
Lower blood pressure for 4 nites

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Old 06-27-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: 4th July Weekend Spots ???

Alabama Hills
ya think it will be a zoo?
anyone??

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Old 06-27-2010, 03:04 PM   #5
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Hi Bill, I know the eastern california region as well as anyone. Even in the craziness of a holiday weekend, there are still some sweet spots to be had.

Reward Mine, at the base of the Inyo Mountains east of independence. You'll see The Reward Mine Road off 395, a right turn between Lone Pine and Indy.

Up the road to Cerro Gordo, out of Keeler on the 'other' side of Owens Lake. All kinds of fun stuff up there. Turn is just a coupla hundred yards south of Keeler, and there's a histerical marker there. Even if you don't get to the townsite, there are nice Joshua trees and old mining orebins and places to camp alone off the road.

Mazourka Canyon Road, starts right at the south end of Independence. Santa Rita Flat is a good spot to camp. Hike up to the east ridge to get stunning views of the Sierra crest.

Turn east on the Narrow Gage Road just north of Lone Pine, and continue past the ranch towards the Inyos to find the dirt road that follows the old SP Narrow Gauge railroad right of way. The old townsite of Owenyo is barely findable these days. You'll see some trees and some old junk and footings for water tanks, etc.

Turn onto rt. 6 at the north end of Bishop and take the Silver Canyon Road. This is absolutely my fav. I've seen lotsa desert bighorn sheep among the canyons there. A few creek crossings (easy) take you up the canyon and explore turnouts to camp. If you go all the way to the gate, put the rig in low range and climb that road to the top of the White Mountains. Almost Heaven!

I know a lot more, but this will get you going.

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jeffery
you da man
thank you so much
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