Wyman Creek Road

Inyo National Forest, California

Distance16.6mi
Elevation Gain7,131ft
Trailhead Elevation5,304ft
Top10,048ft
Elevation Min/Max5304/10048ft
Elevation Start/End5304/5304ft

Wyman Creek Road

Wyman Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Inyo National Forest and Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. It is 16.6 miles long and begins at 5,304 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,131 feet. Along the trail there are meadows.

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"On this old mining and power line road, you will ascend 10,000 feet into the Great Basin’s highest mountains, famous for ancient bristlecone pines that thrive high in the rain shadow of the Sierra, to the west. The road follows Wyman Creek through a steep canyon that, at the lower end, crosses a landscape of huge granite boulders. The drive can be taken in the opposite direction if you prefer. Thanks to Wyman Creek, the corridor is quite lush. The road crosses the creek so many times that I will make no attempt to suggest a count. In places, the creek is the road. Other times it’s a shelf, with switchbacks. At the steep lower end you’ll have terrific vistas across austere basin-and-range country. At the bottom of Wyman Canyon is the site of White Mountain City, an 1860s center for processing silver ore from nearby mines. Stone walls, rock smelter ovens and the remains of rock smelter stacks can be seen. On the crest of the Whites you will link up with the White Mountains and spectacular Silver Canyon Road, which you can take down to Bishop, also via numerous switchbacks and stream fordings."

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Trail Information

Inyo National Forest
Nearby City
Inyo National Forest
Parks
Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Inyo National Forest, ACSC Eastern Sierra Guide Map, CRRA
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