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This bucket list climb is one of the most challenging, but rewarding efforts, a serious cyclist can tackle—there’s a reason this ride is considered one of the best in the area. The major steep, sharp climb takes place on the second half of the route, but the first section is no mean feat, either. Get ready to feel the burn in your quads and your lungs on what is said to be California’s highest paved road.

What Makes It Great

While it’s generally accepted that the ride starts on Lower Rock Creek Rd/Old Sherwin Grade/ Sherwin Grade Rd. heading north out of Bishop, it’s definitely possible to hop on your bike straight out of your hotel room and start pedaling. It may add a few more miles, but we like to consider it a warm-up, because once you get on the route, the climbing starts. The first nine miles will be at a 4.3% grade, but the road conditions here are great—no potholes or bumps to throw off your rhythm.

From your lodging in downtown Bishop, take HWY 168 west to Ed Powers Road, then connect with South Round Valley Road to Pine Creek. Then start climbing up Lower Rock Creek Road, with a steep, 5.7% average grade for the next 10.5 miles. Luckily the scenery also becomes even more beautiful, so you might be able to distract yourself a bit as you leave the foothills behind and head into an alpine setting. There is a bike lane here, which is surprising on such a quiet road, but this is a very cyclist-friendly road.

If you need a break, stop at Tom’s Place or at the Rock Creek Resort and Grill, one of your last landmarks at mile 18.8. It’s a great place to take a breather or stop to refuel, unless you would prefer to continue the last push to the end. The road up to Mosquito Flat, where you will dead end and turn around, is also in great shape and well-maintained.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a ride for well-conditioned cyclists looking to challenge their mental and physical endurance. It’s a serious physical feat, but it’s also a beautiful ride.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The ride begins at the intersection of Lower Rock Creek Rd./Old Sherwin Rd. and Boundary Rd., which is 3.7 miles north of the Pine Creek Rd. and 15 miles north of Bishop. You might be able to find parking in this area, but it would be best to get a ride there or cycle to this spot from town.

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1 day ago

Who loves a little winter fishing???? We've got it year-round here!!Out side enjoying the lower Owens River. Snow storms are rare in the Owens Valley. Snow only lasts a few days at the most. Photo by @leviaguilera_photography ... See MoreSee Less

Who loves a little winter fishing???? Weve got it year-round here!!

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Glad to see L A didn’t get all the Owens valley water!

Beautiful background !

Looks cold, but what a great place.

always did ice fishing onway to bridgport

plenty of brown trout,large trout at bridgport res

He should wear one of those wrist bands or forehead bands which shows his temperature so he can regulate. Risky sports have science to make them safer.

Love to go fishing in this stream ! Look at the great snow.😁

Refreshing, stunning, incredibly beautiful and the bestest fishing ever ! I love Bishop !😲👍🇺🇸🦅🇺🇸🎅☃️🎄💥

Oh yea!! He’s gettin them native Browns right there!!

Benton crossing?

That looks so amazing

Jo Nathan we need to go asap!

Do you know where your legs are?

Is that you Josh Beck?

Fred Powers

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2 days ago

When it’s Monday and it’s hard to tell which way is up!
Beautiful shot Sean B Plunkett!!
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard
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When it’s Monday and it’s hard to tell which way is up! 
Beautiful shot Sean B Plunkett!!
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Beautiful shot, Betsy 💛

There are no "#Mondays" in Bishop! or at least there are no bad Mondays!

Did someone say puzzle, it would be beautiful and fun to do.

Is this MillPond? Beautiful reflections.

Amazing photo!

Truly lovely

Awesome picture

beautiful winter scene

Awesome!

Gorgeous photo!

So beautiful.

SO BEAUTIFUL.

Flip the picture upside down and it looks exactly the same!

Stunning!

Gorgeous ❤

Beautiful.

Beautiful picture

Beautiful

Stunning!

So pretty!

Very nice!!!!

Nice picture.

This is STUNNING AND SURPRISING! It's like having two lakes and two skies! 😊😀❤💜

Epic!

Magnificent picture! Such beauty!

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5 days ago

Current views: Looking to the north with ominous dark clouds, and to the east to see beautiful blue sky and the snowy White Mountains. This place is wild.
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Current views: Looking to the north with ominous dark clouds, and to the east to see beautiful blue sky and the snowy White Mountains. This place is wild. 
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Makes for a great diverse back yard.

Love the pics! Thanks so much for sharing, makes those of us not there feel warm and makes me smile!

Wish I could spend more time up there. I just got back and miss the wild weather we had last week already. Every season brings new beauty.

Beautiful views

LG Cavyell Look at those Happy cows!! Wish I was there instead of here.....

Beautiful!

Wow, there is so much of BISHOP I would love to see! SOMEDAY....😕😀😊

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6 days ago

Who’s coming???That feeling when you get Mule Days tickets for Christmas! 🎄 ... See MoreSee Less

Who’s coming???

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I love Mule Days

Love to come.

Daniel Young

Nick Chudilowsky

When is it? Always wanted to go there.

👍

Ok

Love Mule Days

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7 days ago

Snowshoeing through a winter wonderland!! Our backyard is AMAZING, right??
Thanks @sierraimpressions for this beautiful shot.
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard
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Snowshoeing through a winter wonderland!! Our backyard is AMAZING, right??
Thanks @sierraimpressions for this beautiful shot.
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Love the idea, but would not be snowshoeing alone. The fact that the weather changes so quickly in the Sierra's is my caution card.

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