Kayaking on Mono Lake: How to Experience the Tufas from the Water

Ever since the first time I visited this strange lake on Highway 395 I have always wanted to come back and do some kayaking. After researching the rules, I found that kayaking is very much allowed but that there are rules about how close you can get to the tufas during the bird nesting season […]

Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Consolidated Mine Trail is a short, less than a mile trail in Mammoth Lakes that takes you to the ruins of a once “somewhat successful” mining district. This area was used from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s, and it ended up producing a little over $100,000. Today you can walk through […]

June Lake Loop: One of Highway 395’s Best Excursions

Highway 395 is full of amazing places to explore, and the June Lake Loop is one of the most beautiful. This 16-mile drive on State Route 158 takes you past a half dozen lakes, providing fantastic views of the high mountains surrounding the small valley. There are restaurants, places to fish and tons of great […]

White Mountain Peak: Hiking California’s Third Highest Mountain

California is home to over a dozen 14’ers (peaks over 14,000 feet) with some of the most popular being Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta. If you are training for either of those two or if you just want to take down a 14,000-foot peak, then White Mountain is a good one to test your skills on. […]

Randsburg Jail on Highway 395

Randsburg is often described as a living ghost town, and that is a pretty apt description. This small town off Highway 395 is a fun and historic spot to visit, and you can read about getting an old fashioned soda at the store in this post. One of the main attractions though is the small […]

Indian Wells Brewing Company: Craft Sodas & Beer on Highway 14

Indian Wells Brewing Company on Highway 14 is one of the most fun stops I have stumbled on recently. On a road trip up Highway 395, my friend happened to have a beer at Copper Top BBQ made by the brewery; noticing it was on my way home, I decided to give it a try. […]

Hiking to Crystal Lake & the Base of Crystal Crag in Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth is full of amazing places to hike, but if you are looking for a short hike with a fantastic payoff then look no further than Crystal Lake. This hike is three short miles round trip with a decent amount of uphill, but it takes you to an epic crag that overlooks multiple lakes and […]

Ancient Bristlecone Forest: Discovery Trail at the Visitors Center

Located high in the hills above Big Pine / Bishop, the Ancient Bristlecone Forest is one of the most unique spots you can visit along Highway 395. Many of these trees have been here for over 3,000 years and the stark landscape they survive in is something you have to see for yourself. I got […]

Mt Whitney Historic Fish Hatchery on Highway 395

As you may know, I am a huge fan of driving Highway 395. Each and every time I make the trip I find something new to explore and this time was no different. While driving through the town of Independence, I saw a sign for the Mt Whitney Historic Fish Hatchery, so I decided to […]

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns on Highway 395

While driving up Highway 395, you have no doubt seen the historical marker signs for the Cottonwood Kilns, South of Lone Pine in the Owens Valley. These kilns used to sit on Cottonwood Creek, which dried up when the water from the lake was diverted, and now they sit in relative disarray as a memory […]