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Intro

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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6 days ago

Sunrise or sunset??? We sure love seeing our beautiful backyard in such incredible light.
Thank you, @verticalvibrations for capturing this shot!
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Sunrise or sunset??? We sure love seeing our beautiful backyard in such incredible light. 
Thank you, @verticalvibrations for capturing this shot!
#KeepInyoOpen #KeepBishopOpen

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Wow beautiful picture. Love the High Sierras ❤❤❤

Gorgeous 😍 spent 4th of July weekend there and I have to say I am in love with Bishop. I can't wait to go back and explore more 😃

California From Palm Springs to Lee Vining and beyond, east of the Sierra Nevada, has perhaps the most stunning visual landscapes in the whole U.S. I am sorry I can never go back there. The people there ruined the experience for me. I was born there, and people from New York, Chicago, Boston, Florida, Arkansas, etc, were all telling me how it was going to be. Between them, the asskicking rednecks, and the thieving hippies, we had to go. Haven't been back except to visit and for funerals since. Going on 51 years.

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Beautifil peaceful land.

Ye goode sunrise shot of Long Lake with Mount Goode?

Beautiful picture 😊😊❤❤

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Awesome!

Beautiful 👍

I can’t wait to move there in about a year. 😎

Miss this our normally 3 trips has not happened,due to the virus.

just got home from there.😊

Perfect picture. <3

Cant wait til I'm home 😍😍

So beautiful 😍

I never got tired of the magnificent views

Just gorgeous!

Love it!

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Rise! 🙂

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7 days ago

The view from near Bishop Pass... endless amounts of lakes, mountains, blue sky and smiles. Is this on your bucket list??
Thanks, @janarenee27 for sharing this photo!
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The view from near Bishop Pass... endless amounts of lakes, mountains, blue sky and smiles. Is this on your bucket list??
Thanks, @janarenee27 for sharing this photo!
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Beautiful, always loved being in the Bishop area, and always stop in at Schats Bakery

One of my favorite backpack routes. From there like to go on to chocolate lakes. Miss those adventures.

We go every year in October when the fall colors are spectacular! 😎😎❤️❤️

What a jaw drop picture. Thank you for sharing this picture !

Ted Mowatt, I have to take you here.....so much more to see. We would need to be there for a entire month! Or we could just move there and take our time ;-)

Oh, I love the view. I've been there and loved the view then, too!!

Not this time of year A great place any other time of the year

Been there did North Lake to South Lake loop it was awesome.

What lakes are those actually a this part of ansel Adams wilderness area

Always stop at the Schats Bakery when in Bishop area.Beautiful country ❣️❣️

Great loop ... South Lake to North Lake via the John Muir trail.

What a gorgeous view!

My favorite place be soon there

Awesome picture.. Thank you for sharing!

I think I may need to go there!

The people & the bakery!

Beautiful countryside

Breath taking and wonderous.

Been there love it

Beautiful Picture

Can We travel there yet? I'm in Sonoma County

BREATHTAKING BEAUTY

Beautiful Bishop🧡

How amazing!

I’d like to hike up here sometime. 😎

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1 week ago

Sending a little sunshine to all of our friends near and far.
We sure do appreciate all of the support and love you are sending our way. What an amazing community of caring individuals we have!! #KeepBishopOpen #KeepInyoOpen
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This picture ❤ makes me Happy Thank you

Hope all is going well in Bishop. We’ve been holding off visiting with these spikes in the virus. Hope this ends sooner than later. I hope your visitors are taking appropriate safety precautions to keep your community safe. 👍🏻👏🏻🙏🏻❤️🎣🐟😎🇺🇸

How lovely!

Can’t wait to get back!

It's so HOT here in Sonoma County

Marique Corsius en Merle Corsius...precies 52 weken geleden waren we op weg naar dit mooie dorpje...ons leven als camperaars begon 😍

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1 week ago

Do you love going into the backcountry? Here is a great video by Inyo Search and Rescue (SAR) reminding folks to please be smart about it.

From InyoSAR:
"With the start of what is sure to be a busy summer after months of Coronavirus lockdown, the STOP campaign was created to partner with visitors by supporting them to be prepared for their time in the mountains of Inyo County. The campaign's letters, STOP, stand for four key principles that, in the team's experience, will help people get back down the mountain safely.
The principles are:

S - Stay Together
T - Turn Around
O - Ownership
P - Prepare and Train

Although backcountry helicopter rescues capture headlines, in reality, helicopter rescues are extremely limited and risky. Inyo County Search and Rescue works with several excellent and capable helicopter agencies, but has no control of availability or other limiting factors such as high winds, heat, altitude, or
darkness.

Most people don’t know that many who call for rescues or use their emergency beacons to call SOS
actually aren’t in a life-threatening situation. Rather, many of these callers are not prepared for their mountain objective and are looking for an easy way out of an unexpected, but non-emergency predicament."

Let's do our part to stay safe!!
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