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BeantownR6 08-19-2013 11:07 AM

Eastern Sierra Dispersed Camping
 
Anyone do any dispersed camping here? or know any good spots off the 395?

Inyo National Forest - Camping & Cabins:Dispersed Camping

I've ordered the Inyo NF Map, looking for some good places to explore.

I am interested in the coyote flat area outside Bishop, seems to have some 4wd access roads. Anyone been, are the 4wd roads tough? And the ancient bristlecone pine forest in the white mountains.

I've been to Monache Meadows before, I think that is considered dispersed camping.

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 11:10 AM

I've been out that way...don't know a lot, but did Cerro Gordo trail. Very historic and pretty cool.

mountainneer 08-19-2013 11:39 AM

Just did Coyote Flats about a month ago. Beautiful area up. Well worth the trip. Just make sure you plan for Sierra thunder storms that will roll through.

Also did the Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail another very cool run. Lot of old cabins up there as well as the old salt tram. Lot of history.

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by mountainneer (Post 4096363)
Just did Coyote Flats about a month ago. Beautiful area up. Well worth the trip. Just make sure you plan for Sierra thunder storms that will roll through.

Also did the Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail another very cool run. Lot of old cabins up there as well as the old salt tram. Lot of history.

We walked to the end of that Tram..very cool...and if you hit the ghost town, there's an inn keeper who will tour you..the inside of the cabins, bar...it's pretty neat. Ya have Mt Whitney in the background..

mountainneer 08-19-2013 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by I H8RDS (Post 4096367)

We walked to the end of that Tram..very cool...and if you hit the ghost town, there's an inn keeper who will tour you..the inside of the cabins, bar...it's pretty neat. Ya have Mt Whitney in the background..

Definitely stop at the Ghost Town the Guy is a wealth of history. It's like listening to a California mining history lesson. It was very cool...

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 11:48 AM

He let me play bartender while I was there..:D

BeantownR6 08-19-2013 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by mountainneer (Post 4096363)
Just did Coyote Flats about a month ago. Beautiful area up. Well worth the trip. Just make sure you plan for Sierra thunder storms that will roll through.

Also did the Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail another very cool run. Lot of old cabins up there as well as the old salt tram. Lot of history.

awesome! how are the 4wd roads? did you go with other vehicles? what areas did you see? I know all about the sierra thunderstorms. I backpacked the jmt this year, at guitar lake behind mt. whitney some intense t-storms rolled through at night, was pretty scary stuff :hide:

BeantownR6 08-19-2013 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by I H8RDS (Post 4096262)
I've been out that way...don't know a lot, but did Cerro Gordo trail. Very historic and pretty cool.

whats that trail?

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 01:10 PM

Swansea Cerro Gordo. It's pretty easy but scenic. Lots of different flowers, pretty landscape etc..nothing difficult..I may actually still have the business card on the keeper of the ghost town..I'll look.

When I was there, I was in shorts and a tank and flip flops. There's pics in my photobucket with me doing a back dive into snow that was on the trail while I was there in summer clothes LOL we didn't know we'd run into snow..it was spring..you'll have a good time..

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 01:14 PM

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Mt Whitney in the background..:D

mountainneer 08-19-2013 03:23 PM

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Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 4096613)
awesome! how are the 4wd roads? did you go with other vehicles? what areas did you see? I know all about the sierra thunderstorms. I backpacked the jmt this year, at guitar lake behind mt. whitney some intense t-storms rolled through at night, was pretty scary stuff :hide:

Both Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail and Coyote Flats Trail I went with groups. Neither are hard wheeling trails, but both are very cool trips.

Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail head is out of Lone Pine.
Coyote Flats Trail head is out of Bishop.

I have also backpacked large sections of the JMT. Plan to do the whole JMT in one trip after the winter.

mountainneer 08-19-2013 03:30 PM

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Here is the contact for the caretaker at Cerro Gordo

I H8RDS 08-19-2013 03:31 PM

There ya go! :thumb: And the trail is basically a dirt road.

530ktm 08-19-2013 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 4096253)
Anyone do any dispersed camping here? or know any good spots off the 395?

Inyo National Forest - Camping & Cabins:Dispersed Camping

I've ordered the Inyo NF Map, looking for some good places to explore.

I am interested in the coyote flat area outside Bishop, seems to have some 4wd access roads. Anyone been, are the 4wd roads tough? And the ancient bristlecone pine forest in the white mountains.

I've been to Monache Meadows before, I think that is considered dispersed camping.

I rode my Harley up to Ancient Bristlecone and it was a disappointment to us. If you go up past Bishop to Toms Place there is a road called Wheelers Ridge Mine Road. It takes you above Rock Creek Lake and you can camp up there where there is practically nobody. The mine road gets pretty gnarly once you get way up there and it takes you out to a place on top of the mountain where you can oversee Bishop in the distance and the whole valley below. You can camp anywhere up there but there are bears around. Elevation is over 10,000 feet.

toad 08-20-2013 04:50 PM

I did Mazourka Canyon Trail up near Independence. That's a really nice trail you could do alone and still be away from civilization and camp.

BeantownR6 08-21-2013 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by mountainneer (Post 4097032)
Both Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail and Coyote Flats Trail I went with groups. Neither are hard wheeling trails, but both are very cool trips.

Swansea/Cerro Gordo Trail head is out of Lone Pine.
Coyote Flats Trail head is out of Bishop.

I have also backpacked large sections of the JMT. Plan to do the whole JMT in one trip after the winter.

great thanks. the jmt is amazing, im going to try to get one more trip in up there in sept, was looking at the high sierra trail, or north-south lake loop.

I want to spend more time exploring up there, reasons for the dispersed camping is to get away from the busy camp sites, have a base camp and go explore.

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Originally Posted by 530ktm (Post 4097114)
I rode my Harley up to Ancient Bristlecone and it was a disappointment to us. If you go up past Bishop to Toms Place there is a road called Wheelers Ridge Mine Road. It takes you above Rock Creek Lake and you can camp up there where there is practically nobody. The mine road gets pretty gnarly once you get way up there and it takes you out to a place on top of the mountain where you can oversee Bishop in the distance and the whole valley below. You can camp anywhere up there but there are bears around. Elevation is over 10,000 feet.

sounds like that could be interesting but I will most likely not be with other jeeps. how far up does it get pretty rough you wouldn't go with another vehicle? are there camps that's are easily accessible up that trail before it gets crazy? I found it on the map.


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Originally Posted by toad (Post 4101442)
I did Mazourka Canyon Trail up near Independence. That's a really nice trail you could do alone and still be away from civilization and camp.

cool thanks ill check it out!

530ktm 08-21-2013 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by BeantownR6 (Post 4103985)

sounds like that could be interesting but I will most likely not be with other jeeps. how far up does it get pretty rough you wouldn't go with another vehicle? are there camps that's are easily accessible up that trail before it gets crazy? I found it on the map.


The dirt trail is doable in a stock Jeep up to a pond which is about 5 or so miles up and you can camp up there or anywhere else along the way. You will come to a fork in the road and to the left is the Wheeler Ridge Mine Road and from that point on it gets good. I did it by myself a couple years ago and was thinking along the way that it was not a wise thing to do but I was not with anyone else and you know how exploring in Jeeps can go. :)


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