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tizzdizz 05-15-2010 10:25 PM

jeep trip to Mammoth & Owens Valley
Just gauging interest in a trip out that way. A few San Jose guys and I are going up to the area. I'm planning it for June 17-20, and haven't decided on the details yet. I'm thinking we'd camp at June lake.

Last year we did Deer Valley south of Lake Tahoe and we also did Jawbone Canyon and Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave. Awesome trips, and I want this one to be a good one too. Some highlights not limited to jeeping:

-Devils Postpile
-Mono Lake
-Mono and Inyo Volcanic Craters

I found a few trails in my books that sound neat, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with any of them?

Here's what I've found so far:

HS#38 - Laurel Lakes Trail - D4 - 1.5 hr each way

SNB T22 - Coyote Flat and Coyote Ridge - D Moderate - full day or more depending

SNB T23 - Buttermilk Country - D Easy to Moderate - 1.5 hr without spurs

SNB T24 - Volcanic Tableland - D Easy to Moderate - 3 hours

SNB T25 - Sand Canyon Road - D Moderate - 2.5 hr round trip

Any tips or takers?

GRN98TJ 05-19-2010 03:37 PM

Laurel Lakes is a great trail , but I would guess it might still have a little snow up at the 10,000 ft level even in June.

bdock 05-19-2010 09:48 PM

im not sure what the trail is called but theres a pretty good trail off owens river road. its just before the big springs campground and runs by look out mountain. and then down by the power lines. GREAT trail not sure what to classify it but i saw a 4 inch lifted suburban make it. some scary down hills but thats it. and any trail out there is fun and not too too technical but if you look for it you can find some.

and bald mountain is always a beautiful drive.

p.s. if you go i would go into mammoth lakes and go to the forest service station in town, just on the right as you enter town and buy a topo or they have a OHV trail map. and just drive up 395 to owens river rd or go to the june lakes cut off and just find a valley or something on the map and go find it. you'll have a blast!!

pm me if you want any more details.

bdock 05-19-2010 09:51 PM

oh ya and laurel lakes is amazing have hiked and jeeped up there.

fredr1980 05-19-2010 11:10 PM

and bald mountain is always a beautiful drive.QUOTE]

bdock, I've heard about bald mountain ohv, is it near these trails that we're going on? :cheers2:

Fred R.

bdock 05-20-2010 06:57 AM

ya bald mountain is off owens river rd. witch is north on 395 from the town of mammoth. its pretty easy to get there if you have a topo. i think its about 10400 ft. but i have been there around this time of year and didnt have any snow. but had some hail:(

hers a picture from the top of bald mountain

thats mono lake in the background

this is a picture of the trail i was talking about. i call it power line.

and if you search on a map or maybe google earth you can find this
taylor canyon

this is a picture from a peak near bald mountain you can see bishop in this picture

GRN98TJ 06-02-2010 10:37 PM

any update on the trip plan? I'm interested in going somewhere around that weekend.


tizzdizz 06-02-2010 11:42 PM

OK guys, slight change in plans. For several reasons, the trip has changed and we're now going to the Bear Valley area off hwy 4 south of Markleeville.A list of trails in the region, along with a google map can be found here:

June Jeep Trip - Google Maps

Mostly, the trails I had mentioned were all likely to still have a good amount of snow by the time we got there. It's also much farther from the Bay Area.

Since there are more trails in this area close together, we have a good chance of having more than enough to do for the 4 day trip.

Trails we're looking at:

-Deer Valley
-Mt. Reba / Round Valley
-Barney Riley
-Slick Rock
-Corral Hollow / Bear Trap Basin
-Mattley Ridge Loop
-Blue Lakes / Indian Valley

Not sure where we'll camp, but it should hopefully be in the 70's.

GRN98TJ 06-04-2010 10:38 AM

I have a cabin in Arnold and I've been on or near most of those listed. I was up at the road to Spicer Res in mid May and there was a lot of snow on the ground at 6000 ft and above. Some people on Expedition Portal are going to Barney Riley on the 12th and there are reports of snow on the ground there also. I am interested in going from the 17th til the 20th. Do you have room for one more?


tizzdizz 06-04-2010 01:33 PM

Well, I'm not sure if we're still gonna do this trip in June. We're thinking of probably moving it to July 17-18, since there is another group of jeepers going that weekend. Still kinda up in the air. We were hoping for better weather but it sounds like it's still pretty snowy up there.

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