Lower Rock Creek Trail, Section 1

Inyo National Forest, California

Elevation Gain942ft
Trailhead Elevation6,882ft
Elevation Min/Max6418/6894ft
Elevation Start/End6882/6882ft

Lower Rock Creek Trail, Section 1

Lower Rock Creek Trail, Section 1 is a hiking trail in Mono County, California. It is within Inyo National Forest. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 6,882 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 942 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lower Rock Creek Trail, Section 2.

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Mountain Bike! Los Angeles County (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Patterson
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"Any complaints about the 286-mile drive to get here will be quashed by one shuttle run down Lower Rock Creek Trail. This route involves a beautifully crafted singletrack that parallels Rock Creek as it cascades through a massive gorge of its own making, dropping nearly 2,000 feet from Tom’s Place to the Owens Valley floor. The lower half of the trail is very technical and can be ridden completely dab-free by only the best riders on the planet. You’ll find lots of great places to picnic and swim on the way down. With no admission fee, Lower Rock Creek Trail is definitely a great alternative to bombing the downhill runs at Mammoth Mountain."
"A lushly wooded creek, rich with birdlife, makes for good company on this leisurely point-to-point day hike through high-desert and mountain scenery. When the leaves of the aspens, willows, and cottonwoods turn bright yellow, the east side of the Sierra Nevada is celebrated for its fall colors. Probably no single canyon in the upper Owens Valley is more cherished by local residents for its fall colors than Lower Rock Creek Canyon. Besides these brilliant autumnal displays, the canyon also offers spring wildflowers, good fishing, great bird-watching, and a unique hike alongside a "linear oasis" that winds down through the volcanic tablelands of the upper Owens Valley."

Lower Rock Creek Trail, Section 1 Trip Reports

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This is one of the best rides in the Eastern Sierra, period. Mellow top section with 2 road crossings...be careful. Lower section from road crossing to Paradise is gnarly...roots, rocks, loose, creek crossings, overgrown...awesome! Not for beginning riders. This trail can be combined into a 5,000 vertical decent ride by combining it with Sand Canyon, which starts at Rock Creek Lake.

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Trail Information

Inyo National Forest
Nearby City
Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District (760) 934-2505
Local Contacts
USGS Casa Diablo Mountain, Tom's Place, Rovana
Local Maps

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