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It’s not unusual for temperatures to climb to and over the 100-degree mark during the summer months in Bishop. And, yes, there’s that wonderful and oft repeated phrase, “But it’s a dry heat.” Well, that’s true and it does make it a little more bearable, but for those who really need an escape, there are a great many options.

Swim

Water is the essence of life. Here in the Bishop it’s also a way to keep cool during the hot high-desert summers. In fact, there’s plenty of water. It cascades down the mountains and flows along in cool, clear streams and spreads out into ponds and lakes.

One wonderful pond situated just few miles from Bishop is Millpond Recreation Area. This is a perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun day of wading and swimming, picnicking and playing, and lying on the soft green grass under a shady tree. There are gazebos with tables and barbeques, a kids’ playground and it’s an awesome place for a big ol’ family bash. Gazebos may be reserved for special events.

Bishop City Park Pool

A sparkling blue pool with water slide and diving board is located in the heart of Bishop Park. The Bishop City Park Pool is a convenient, fun and safe place for kids of all ages to splash about or swim some laps. Public swim times are Tues – Fri: 1:00 – 4:45, and Sat & Sun: 1:00 – 5:00. General admission for public swim is $4 for children and $6 for adults. Download the 2017 pool schedule here.

Situated at a little higher elevation, precisely 5,000’ higher, is the lovely Lake Sabrina (locals pronounce it “Suh-bry-na” – no one really knows why) where you can swim, paddleboard, or rent a boat or pontoon for a day on and in the water. By the time you reach this gorgeous lake you’ll already be much cooler. Temperatures here are 20-30 degrees lower than in the valley and it’s only the incredible view that will take your breath away.

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” ~W. H. Auden, First Things First (1956)

Fish

Lake Sabrina

Where there’s water there’s fishing, and none so wonderful as the streams and lakes of the Eastern High Sierra.

Bishop Creek Canyon is the jewel in the crown of Bishop’s outdoor activities. It is the nearest gateway to the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. It offers world-class fishing with one of the most accessible and handicap accessible fishing spots in the area – Intake II. This is a small lake on the road up to Lake Sabrina where the fishing is ridiculous (ridiculously easy) and the setting is sublime.

Besides Intake II, Bishop Creek Canyon has more opportunities for lake fishing and stream fishing than you can shake a fishing rod at. There’s fishing in Lake Sabrina, at South Lake, in North Lake, in the ponds between the lakes, and in the dozens of lakes just a few miles from the trailheads that begin at these lakes. There’s a latticework of creeks and streams between the lakes and … well, you get the picture.

Chill out, go fishing and be rewarded with a bounty of beautiful fish – or just cool your jets. It’ll be worth it.

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Hike

Summer hike in the Eastern Sierra – way cool!

So the cool water in the high sierra is just a little too chilly for you, and the fishing just isn’t your thing. Then take a hike! Hike the magnificent trails of the Eastern High Sierra. Within less than a mile from many of the trailheads in Bishop Creek Canyon you can be in the John Muir Wilderness. Isn’t that cool?

Or, you can take a drive to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and go commune with the old ones. High above Bishop in the White Mountains is the Schulman Grove Visitor Center where you can see and learn about the world’s oldest living non-clonal organisms. Hike the 4.5-mile trail through the Methuselah Grove where, unmarked to protect its identity, lives Methuselah which is 4,847 years old. Just two years ago an older tree, unnamed and also unmarked, was determined to be 5,065 years old. It sprang to life in the year 3051BC and for over 5,000 years it has lived on this cold, rocky mountaintop. This really is one of the coolest things you can do.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir

Eat

Bishop Burger Barn

Early in the morning and later in the evening is when it’s especially wonderful in town. The beauty of a hot Bishop summer is being able to wear your shorts and t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy a meal in one of Bishop’s excellent eateries – particularly those with outdoor seating and watch the sunrise or sunset in your most comfy, casual clothes.

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” ~M.F.K. Fisher

Sleep

Big Trees Campground – Bishop Creek Canyon

Nights are coolest in every sense of the word in Bishop. Camp out under the stars in a bivvy bag, or pitch a tent by a burbling stream. There is free dispersed camping available in many locations around town and there are more than 20 campgrounds in our big backyard.

Take your pick of one of 21 great lodging facilities for a night in a bed with indoor climate control to get you refreshed and ready for another day of exploration in the Eastern High Sierra.

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” ~Homer, The Odyssey

Repeat

Swim. Fish. Hike. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Eastern Sierra Transit services all these great places, including a twice-daily shuttle up Bishop Creek Canyon, so you can run around town and up to the mountains without breaking a sweat. Find out more about Dial-a-Ride and the shuttle at estransit.com.

Call or stop in at the Bishop Visitor Center at 690 N. Main St., (760) 873-8405 to get all the coolest information on what to do and where to go. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can supply maps, give you directions, and get you set up for a super cool vacation in the Eastern Sierra.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~Confucius

 

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2 weeks ago

We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist
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We are buried in smoke again today, so we thought it would be fun to share a little about how the names of some of the towns in the Eastern Sierra came about. Thank you, California High Sierra for the article!
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/california-high-sierra-towns-the-origin-of-their-names/
Photo by Amy Leist

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Wow... been a good long while since I’ve been to Bishop. Their high school team was in our league (I went to Tehachapi High) and we traveled there for some football games — something like a 5-6 hour drive each way if I recall correctly. A tough team to beat also. I’m betting it hasn’t changed all that much over all these years (circa late ‘60s).

I'm so sorry the smoke is bad there still. I missed my annual visit this year. It's on my to do list for next year.

We can see it over the Spring Mountains to the West/NW here in Las Vegas. Fortunately, not much of it made it into the LV valley.

Would LOVE to move there if my hubby can find a job nearby!

We left this morning. Not only is it very smokey the smell of smoke is incredible. I don't smoke and I was ready to light up.

Nice photo. That's the real West.

Miss Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Tinnamaha campground!!!!

No, that is where the theater and Joseph’s used to be. Joseph’s has been gone for some time now. Penny’s is now Dollar General. Unfortunately a lot of vacant stores. Hi Kent!❤️

Hello and good morning. I am planning to drive up to Bishop from Southern California. The main purpose is to see fall colors. May I know if the fall colors are still at peak this coming next two weeks or is it past peak? Thank you for your advice/suggestions.

We were just there.😔

We have to leave too, I almost threw up it was so bad, got to Lee Vining and blue fresh air..take care of yourselves

so sorry for the smoke crazy time for all this year.

I spent a week here and didn't get to see the beauty through the smoke 😏

When was this picture taken, Sunday at 6 am ? never seen it this quiet.

Awesome pic! I wish a Main Street business had a rooftop deck so you can eat with that exact same view!

No smoke in the photo. ??

Is this an old photo? Joseph’s market was the only market back when we lived in Bishop in 1969.

It’s still Smokey? Where is the smoke coming from ?

Beautiful town

I always love to go threw Bishop.

Went thru Bishop yesterday, it was terribly Smokey 😪💚

I wish it was still small !

Does bishop still have a jack in the box

My favorite place ❤️

Isnt that the Old JC Penney store?

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2 weeks ago

Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom
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Wonder if this little sheep was as grateful as we were for a view of the mountains this morning??!! Happy Friday! From Bishop, with love ❤️
#keepbishopsafe #mttom

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Wonderful vacation destination

And a free thinker! This is Good!

🙏praying that it stays like this 💖

I miss Bishop so much and living there too 😢😉❤️

This is one of my favorite places to take pictures when I lived in Bishop. There’s many more.

Sigh. Bishop. Love it.

See you next week little sheep

We loved our visit to Bishop

Miss bishop fun times there

Nice!!!

Oh how I love that view

It was beautiful

Love Bishop

👍

Need snow on them things!

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2 weeks ago

In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14
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In case you are wondering what roads and campgrounds are open, here is the latest, as of yesterday, October 14th:
https://www.sierrawave.net/state-of-inyo-roads-and-campgrounds-whats-open-closed-oct-14

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I've been on that same road every year at this time...

It sure was smoky today.

Still hazy there.😥

I love the West.

Beautiful picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤

We always used to stay at Brown’s Millpond Campground just north of Bishop. Very nice private campground with a stream running through it. So many wonderful memories from Mule Days!

Up her for 4 day little smoke but really nice trees turning colors

It's the hunting and fishing Road 🏞️🎣🏕️🌌🤠🥰

Love Bishop and the surrounding mountains !!!

Hwy 168 going to Lake Sabrina, North and South lakes?

With I was there.

maybe next weekend any hotel suggestions?

Johanna Atwell

GOD HOW I WISH I WAS ON THAT ROAD... CAREFREE HIWAY...

Lots of nice smoke.....

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2 weeks ago

The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!Hello Friends!☺️
💥 ESCA 20th Annual 5K Walk & Fun Run! 💥October 11-17th! Virtual Edition!
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Thank you for your continued support! ☺️
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The Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance is hosting a virtual 5K walk and fun run this year!!! Going on NOW!! You can do it from WHEREVER you are!!!

2 weeks ago

Dog days of summer or fall??!!
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe
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Dog days of summer or fall??!! 
Last weekend we had warm temps and blue skies again. Fingers crossed we get some more blue skies this weekend!

Photo by Amanda Zhang
#NorthLake #fallcolors #keepbishopsafe

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I heard the colors have peaked in this area. Is it still worth visiting or are there other good spots to hit up?

Beautiful picture.

Wonderful vacation destination

Beautiful

Beautiful picture! Cute dog!

North Lake?

Looking good

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