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Rising to just over 4,000 feet in elevation, Bishop, California is a town of about 11,000 people nestled in a high desert valley, wedged between the High Sierra and the White Mountains. With nearby national parks and national forests, deserts and mountain peaks, there’s much to do and be discovered in the Bishop area. Many pass through Bishop en route to Yosemite, just north of the town, while others pass through southbound to Death Valley. Whichever way you’re going, and wherever you may be heading, make sure you take the time to stop in Bishop.

If you have limited time in the area, here’s how we recommend spending two days in what will surely become your next stomping ground. We also recommend having a camera in two for all of your high desert adventures, as you’ll want to capture the abundance of beauty you’ll find every step of the way.

Day 1

A photo posted by Rockin’ Rubs (@rockinrubs) on Sep 30, 2016 at 2:13pm PDT

First things first, and that’s a solid day hike. Before you hit the road, stop at Manor Market—a small-town grocery with locally sourced produce, meats, and cheese—and stock up on a picnic lunch for your mid-day summit. They also have a fine wine and beer collection if you’d like to toast to your trek once you’re at the top.

Then you’ll be heading just 20 miles outside of town to Lake Sabrina. Sabrina is part of a series of glacial, alpine lakes high in the mountains. Surrounded by 13,000-foot Sierra Nevada peaks, the steep trails range from 6.2 miles to 11.8 miles. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find incredible panoramas of the peaks and the valley below. The 6.2-mile roundtrip hike to Blue Lake is strenuous and will take a few hours; take your time as you climb the switchbacks and take in all the scenery. And, once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a break and put together a sandwich, before beginning your descent back to the trailhead.

Once you’ve finished your hike, head back to Bishop to freshen up for dinner and a celebratory beer. Head to Whiskey Creek for post-hike beers and dinner. The restaurant has been a local tradition since it opened in 1924. Featuring local microbrews, steaks, pasta, salads, and more—it’s a perfect nightcap after a long day on the trails. When your belly is full, rest up. You have another big day of adventures tomorrow!

Day 2

Wake up bright and early to grab coffee and a pastry at Erick Schat’s Bakkery, which you’ll find across the street from the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and town park. Grab a sandwich or one of their famous cheese breads as a snack for later. After enjoying everything the bakery has to offer, take a walk through downtown Bishop. There are several quaint local shops with everything from antiques to art galleries to specialty shops with outdoor gear and western wear. Get inspired by Galen Rowell’s ability to capture the Eastern Sierra landscape and visit the Mountain Light Gallery on the corner of Main and Line Street.

When you’re ready to take off for your next adventure, head 41 miles (about an hour southeast) to Inyo National Forest’s Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest to marvel at the oldest trees in the world. The drive to the forest is a beautiful one, winding through the Sierra Nevada and climbing in elevation as you go. Some of the trees that you’ll see are more than 4,000 years old and have distinctive gnarly, twisted limbs. The most famous tree is in the Schulman Grove, and is known as Methuselah—it’s 4,773 years old. Take your time exploring the groves via well-maintained dirt roads in the national forest. Just don’t forget water—the area is dry and there isn’t much shade. Perhaps you’ll have an inclination to stay till sunset. If you do, plan to be back in Bishop in time for dinner.

When you return to Bishop in the evening, head to Sage Restaurant for an upscale dinner with a menu including dishes like piccata, ravioli trios, and filet mignon. Lastly, it wouldn’t be a trip to Bishop without a nightcap at Rusty’s Saloon—a good ol’ American dive bar with cheap beer and pool tables. When you wake up on your last morning, head to Jack’s Restaurant for a hearty omelette before bidding Bishop farewell.

If you have kids (or history buffs) along, squeeze in a quick tour of Laws Railroad Museum and Historic Site, just north of town off Hwy 6. And if you don’t have time during this visit, there’s always next time (and we’re pretty certain you’ll want to return!)

Originally written by RootsRated.

Featured image provided by brian washburn

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3 days ago

Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite?
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!
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Heading into the weekend dreaming of backcountry lakes... which is your favorite? 
#DreamNowVisitLater #KeepBishopSafe
Thank you Instagram user @kimonlhi for this spectacular shot!!

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Would have guessed Split Mtn, but have only flown over these mountains twice.

Too many to choose, the higher and more remote the better

Saddle Bag Lake. ❤️

Blue lake! The best, at least I know of~!!!

I need a good-looking tour guide(male) to show me around on my next visit. 😉🐈😷

So beautiful. I miss being up there.

Mt. Aggasisz? I probably butchered that spelling.

Blue Lake

Blue lake❣

Sabrina

Dorothy Lake

Horton Lake

Dorothy and Mildred

Beautiful

Beautiful

Upper Lamarck

Beautiful

That’s beautiful.

Nice 👍

Ruwau Lake, Tyee Lakes, upper Lamark lake, Blue lake, & Little Lakes Valley.

Terra Rankin

Lake.

Any part of Bishop is fine, I JUST WANT TO BE THERE TO ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE! 😀❤️😄💙

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4 days ago

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more. They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!Thanks ESIA for providing helpful information and advice to visitors on responsible recreation in our region! ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends at Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association welcome everyone to stop by for in-person visitor service plus a great selection of area maps, books and more.  They do a great job of helping our guests recreate responsibly!

5 days ago

Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County. ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/
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Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary)
We are grateful to our COMMUNITY locally and afar, for loving and supporting BISHOP and Inyo County.  ❤️

Here is a little glimpse of how our community has pulled together over the past few months:
https://www.bishopvisitor.com/eastern-sierra-covid-stories/

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The community stories are wonderful

The big deal when I was growing up was going to the Tri-County Fair rodeo, taking in a movie, and having dinner...all over Labor Day. Then there were the trips from Mammoth to Bishop to go to the grocery store, topped off by a stop at Schatz for sandwiches and to buy bread. What a wonderful place!!!

Used to watch movies at this theater back in the early 70's. Great memories wonderful town. I visit just about every year and enjoy the old school vibe. My parents started AYSO soccer in Bishop. I used to bicycle down the street as a kid, drop a fishing line and pull out lots of trout.

No Bishop does not need a Walmart mart or another supposed better grocery store. We do not have the people to work them. Plus we have new buildings that weren't supposed to be built and a whole mess of empty buildings. We want to keep it a small town feel.

I was sorry to hear that the JC Penny store closed there. I used to work there when I lived in Cali. I had the most wonderful coworkers and the best boss ever!!! Bishop will live on in my heart forever.

Remember Jill Kenmont👍👍

Great little town Bishop is, leave it alone. My mom graduated from Bishop High school, we went to Bishop many years for Christmas with my Grandparents

I was born in Bishop and moved out around 1990. I've moved all over California since then, and no matter where I moved to I always wanted to go back. Some day... Maybe when my kids are all grown and out of the house I'll take my wife and dogs and move back...

Great town. can't wait to come visit when things calm down. Missed Mule days and our family reunion at the lodge but we will be back

Looking forward to visiting as soon and we can! We love Bishop!

Love Bishop! Just passed thru Monday on the way back from Yosemite!

Bishop is in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth. The eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley will persevere.

I love that Bishop is a smaller town. It part id it s charm for visitors. Needed some items last trip , found them in town and what friendly people !! And you should fit your town , not always for the town to fit you.

3 yrs ago we just started driving , landed in Bishop, stayed several days, just loved that trip, no fish but who cares .... 😍🎣🚗💨💨

best town in California

We believe in Bishop. Stay well. <3

Between 1934 and 1939, I spent some Saturday afternoons watching movies at the theatre in Bishop - think the Hollands owned it then - one of the Holland boys was in my elementary school grade. Best wishes to all.

Bishop is fine the way it is.

Please don't change! I love you the way you are!!

We would like to keep it that way, but there are a lot of people coming into the area now who are leaving their trash on the ground & putting graffiti on any available surface. Do that S... at home, not in our town.

You have no idea how badly I need to visit You Bishop.

Saw it has been 100 degrees up there.

Play my brother Danny scene Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at that theater years and years ago

Lived here in the early 80’s

Soon as possible.

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Love Bishop been there a couple times I can’t wait till I go back to visit 😊👍

love bishop

Was there many times.

Live there and love it

Love Bishop!

Love Bishop.

wish I still lived there

I’m a Hoosier that loves to visit Bishop!

Love Bishop too!

Gateway to heaven or as close as you can get

Been in bishop twice. ❤️ both times

It's beautiful, clean, but, to darn hot 😎😎😎😎

Love Bishop. Born and raise there

My home town

Does anyone know if they are having the car show in October this year?

we just move out here and we need a store to buy home stuff like target or even walmart 😤😫

Be there on 22sd for a week of camping and fishing creekside RV park

Is the KMart there out of business?

Make this a sticker for purchase.

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1 week ago

Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

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Bishop’s beauty continues to amaze us. 😍

#keepbishopsafe!! Thank you!!

Photo by Sean B Plunkett

Comment on Facebook Bishop’s beauty ...

So beautiful. Love Bishop and miss it so much.

Gorgeous photo! Stay safe my friends! We hope to see you in 2021!

So beautiful, love your site 🙂🙂❤❤

So beautiful. A field of Lupins.

Beautiful only 108 degrees

So Gorgeous! 😍

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful

Love the flowers...but need to get rid tourists...we have followed all the rules..NO TRAVELING..NOT YET...but are counties get more C-19..please leave and take your 🗑 with you

Awesome!!! Sean plunkett

Very beautiful picture

Pretty Hot right now but Beautiful ❣️

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful.

What plant is this?

Andrew Peterson

Eileen Stephens

So beautiful

Beautiful picture

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