Introducing Eastern Sierra
Stark, startling and vast, the Eastern Sierra is where slashing peaks - many of them over 14, 000ft - rush abruptly upward from the arid expanses of the Great Basin and Mojave deserts. It’s a dramatic juxtaposition that makes for a potent cocktail of scenery. Pine forests, lush meadows, crystal-clear lakes, simmering hot springs and glacier-gouged canyons are only some of the fabulous wealth that Nature has bestowed upon this region.
The Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway, officially known as Hwy 395, runs the entire length of the range. Turnoffs dead-ending at the foot of the mountains deliver you to pristine wilderness and countless trails, including the famous Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail and Main Mt Whitney Trail. The most important portals are the towns of Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. Note that in winter, when traffic thins, many facilities are closed.