About The Eastern Sierra
This is a summer-only recommendation, and is easily reached from Lake Tahoe in the north and from Bakersfield in the south; it can also be joined from Yosemite National Park This is a short journey: two days to see all the best places to visit. Gently ascending foothills mark the western side of the Sierra Nevadas, but glacial action has caused the mountains’ east-facing slopes to rise sheerly and dramatically. They form the west wall of the Owens Valley, rising to stark and arid peaks that also mark the California-Nevada border. If you choose to visit this area you’ll find yourself navigating an excitingly raw landscape throughout, and venturing a few miles off Hwy-395 to discover even more impressive natural forms – the basalt columns of the Devil’s Postpile Monument and the prehistoric trees of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
The handful of small towns scattered along Hwy-395 are largely uninteresting, but their abundant motels and diners provide inexpensive lodging and food. Sleeping and eating recommendations are in the well-placed larger centres of Bishop and Mammoth Lakes.
Aside from localized shuttle buses there is little public transport in this area and you should hire a car to explore the exciting rugged landscape.