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"The Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway" California Off The Beaten Path Tip by goingsolo

California Off The Beaten Path: 187 reviews and 238 photos

  Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway
by goingsolo

From Reno, Nevada, highway 395 heads south into the Eastern portion of the Sierra Nevada Range. The road is a treasure trove of unique scenery and small town Americana. It climbs to 7 or 8 thousand feet at some points, and rather abruptly, above shimmering lakes and providing widespread views of a desolate yet beautiful landscape. There are plenty of places to stop and hike, picnic or simply admire the view. The road also becomes Main Street USA to some small, dusty little towns, thirsty for tourists who hunger for the adventure of the peaks in the not so far distance. This is great road trip country. Blue skies, winding roads and some great tunes courtesy of the rock stations out of Reno and near Mammoth. The highway also connects to Yosemite and Tahoe, offering even more opportunities to enjoy the beauty of nature in this remote and surprisingly beautiful region.

The road also leads to the popular ski destination of Mammoth, which is a charming Vail on a smaller scale village and summertime outdoor paradise. Brutally cold in the winter and scorching in the summer, this is a place of extremes, far removed from the big cities along Coastal California.

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2006
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