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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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2 days ago

Anyone going to be here this weekend? This will be a great program.Interested in the night sky and nightscape photography? Please join us this Saturday, August 24th at Grandview Campground at 9 pm for a fun and educational program discussing the constellations, planets, importance of the Dark Sky, and an introduction to nightscape photography with ESIA Naturalist, John Kelly and ESIA Board Chair, Don Chambers. 🌟 Photo by Don Chambers ... See MoreSee Less

Anyone going to be here this weekend? This will be a great program.

 

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Sounds great, have taken grands to similar programs at Kensington in Mi. Loved it!

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2 days ago

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in doing a run for a good cause, please check this out!! Fight against cancer on October 5th by running or walking through iconic John Wayne movie locations and rugged western landscapes of the Alabama Hills. 1/2 marathon and 10K options.
johnwayne.org/jwgs-alabama-hills/
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If you, or anyone you know, is interested in doing a run for a good cause, please check this out!! Fight against cancer on October 5th by running or walking through iconic John Wayne movie locations and rugged western landscapes of the Alabama Hills. 1/2 marathon and 10K options.  
https://johnwayne.org/jwgs-alabama-hills/
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Wonderful picture

Love the Owens valley Alabama hills

Alabama Hill's a great place to visit

Beautiful shot!

Lone Pine Peak- Joe Kidd, Eastwood and Duwall

I imagine most folk on FB have no idea who John Wayne is 🤪

Kimberly Masters Huffman

Rachel Eads

Hey Dennis Cook Ever been to Bishop?

Tom Morgan lets go!!

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3 days ago

Not only are the bristlecone pines amazing, but the sunsets are pretty spectacular there as well!
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Not only are the bristlecone pines amazing, but the sunsets are pretty spectacular there as well! 
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Beautiful

This is a great place. If you have a chance go see them.

I must get there before winter sets in!

Simply Beautiful☺

It’s a beautiful town

Loved my fall visit last year with a special opportunity ...a later than normal closure of the ancient Bristlecone pine forest ! Checked that off the bucket list

When we visited the Bristlecone. On the way up we would stop and pick Piñon nuts. The female comes of the Bristlecone is a beautiful blue/purple cone.

Have not been up there since 2009.

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4 days ago

Fishing fun! Check out our local guides!

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Kayak fishing on Lake Sabrina in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains! outside.tv/August19 Congrats to our latest August Campfire Video of the Week winner, Ed and Ed Go Fishing without Ed! Enjoy your prizes from FRDM, Sight Line Provisions, and Postfly! Grand prize winner will also win a rod from The Wade Rod Co. Show us your adventures for a chance to win and be featured on Outside TV, and stay tuned for other ways to win cool prizes from other brands like BUFF!
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Great times fishing there

My favorite place to be. I miss going to fish there. So many fond memories.

Miss being there. Bishop creek.

Awesome video

My bride of 42 years and I were just there last week! Such a great place to relax, fish & get away.

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