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The beautiful Tungsten Hills are easy to overlook because of the surrounding peaks that dwarf them in size, such as Mt. Tom and the Wheeler Crest. They are a year round delight for those looking to take a quick jaunt in nature, however. It’s easy to get caught up exploring the trail and really taking your time up this short but steep ascent. Be sure to look for the summit book and sign your name!

What Makes It Great

Rocky outcrops, sagebrush, and stunning alpine views are all staples of this interesting hike. It’s a mineral-rich area, and you might even be able to find pieces of quartz, red garnet, or other semi-precious metals still left over from the Tungsten mining that was once prevalent in this area.

You can take windy dirt roads almost to the base of the Tungsten Peak Trail, but the ascent from there is short and steep. Covering almost 1,000 feet in about a mile, this hike is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon exploring, take your kids or the dog for a walk, or get a quick hill workout in. For an added challenge, take the Tungsten Peak 10K route (though it’s technically closer to seven miles than 6.2). Start at Millpond Recreation Area, and follow the dirt road for about two miles. It will eventually turn into singletrack, which is the Tungsten Peak Trail, and you’ll have the mile climb to the summit. After taking in the view, turn around and go back the way you came.

The trail is also usually accessible year-round thanks to it’s shorter elevation, topping out at just around 5,951 feet). Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way as well. It’s common to spot mule deer in this area, but you might catch a glimpse of a jackrabbit, raven, or red tailed hawk, too!

Who is Going to Love It

Tungsten Hills are a popular place for mountain bikers and trail runners, so you’ll likely see a few people out and about in this area. Both usually stay clear of this steep ascent to the top of the peak however, so if you want to go at a slower pace, then this hike is great. Normally, this type of elevation gain would make this trail too difficult for beginners, but the brevity of the climb makes it more accessible to less experienced hikers ready to take on a challenge.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The trailhead is located north of Bishop on Highway 395. Take the Ed Powers Rd. exit north of Bishop. Take an immediate right onto Sawmill Road and go past the Millpond Recreation Area. It can be a little tricky to find with the dirt roads, so put the GPS Coordinates into your phone or check out a map before you go.

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15 hours ago

Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!Let's give it up for our local Fairgrounds to step into a summer full of safe outdoor fun; featuring more space for RV and tent camping, plus big events like Mule Days, California High School Rodeo, a Drive-In and Tailgate Concert series - all at the Tri County Fairgrounds, in Bishop! They're planning for a bigger and better year, bigger stage, better sound, bigger acts, and better seats! 🎥🍿--

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Thank you to the Fairgrounds!!

2 days ago

Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift!

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Look at this sweet foal that was born yesterday!! 😍 Quite a Mother’s Day gift! 

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Awww. Congratulations momma

Hi sweet baby.❤️

Sweet baby horse.

Aww adorable

Truly beautiful ....well done Mummy ❤

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful horses!

Que belleza 😊 me encanta todo lo que tenga que ver con los caballos, lindo y hermoso día

Sara Kvaas ... not sure if you follow this page, given how we love Aspendell!

Beautiful

💞

Sweetheart.

So pretty.

So cute

Ohhhh cute!

Awww 🥰

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5 days ago

Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

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Wishing you and your littles a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!! ❤️

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Always enjoyed fishing the canal.

Love Bishop and the Sierras

So beautiful and amazing pictures thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

My favorite place 😍🤗

We went a couple of years ago maybe 3 yrs ago what fun times we had there🤗

Beautiful

I think the big Brownies got a few of those

That's so cute.

Love that canal

Beautiful

Thank you 😊

Put any campfire completely out!

Sweet .

Be there soon

❤️😍

So many wonderful memories there!

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6 days ago

Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!Remember this from last year? The smoke was horrific, and most of the fires weren’t even right here. Please remind ANYONE that is going camping, be it here in Inyo County, or elsewhere, to PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE!!

Earlier this week Mammoth Lakes Fire Department responded to TWO different fires that started because campfires were not extinguished properly (one was a dispersed camping fire, and the other was in an area where fires are prohibited)!! It is going to be a tough year with the dry conditions, so we need to act accordingly!! Extreme fire conditions already exist. If you make a fire, please do it in a campground where there are fire pits, and make sure it is COMPLETELY out.

Please #RecreateResponsibly !!!
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Last year... Please #RecreateResponsibly!!!

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We need to stop the lightening and get rid of the power lines. No more electricity 🥰

Just everybody use common sense. And don't forget to pick up after yourselves. Leave no trace. <3

It gripes my ass when people just don't care. It doesn't take rocket science to put out a camp fire and to know how dry it is and we have international signs where people around the world know what they mean even when they can't read. They have no heart or respect for life animal's or human. I pray we don't have a repeat of last year.

It was awful, be careful out there. Be mindful of nature.

Its sound like it will be a dry summer across the west.....be careful....barb

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7 days ago

If you are wondering what it's looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!!

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you!

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If you are wondering what its looking like up Big Pine Creek, here is a shot from a couple of days ago. It is the view up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek from the North Fork trail. Thank you to Alan Haight for this stunning shot!! 

We welcome you to send your beautiful photos to us in Messenger, or on Facebook or Instagram make sure to tag us #VisitBishop! Thank you! 

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Gosh this is beautiful!

Some of the most rugged terrain I've ever seen is up that canyon! Truly an amazing part of the Sierras.

Have hiked in this region. So beautiful

I highly recommend visiting Bishop. So much to see and do. 🤠

My old stomping grounds!💕

I LOVE BISHOP! ❤

Love the picture

Went as far as june lake

Gorgeous!

Love it there!

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful!🏔

Beautiful!

Nice

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