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Take A Hike, off the Beatin’ path!

The state of California is beginning to reopen, and Camp-California is excited to help you get outdoors and get exploring! As some places remain closed, now is the time to explore something and somewhere new. Visit new places and make new memories.

Camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities offer the ability to self-isolate, social distance, and get outdoors. Outdoor activities, whether it be exercise or recreation, are proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels and can be very refreshing for the soul.

Who has the right of way?

Trail hierarchy is typically horses* first, followed by hikers, followed by bikers. Always be aware of what other travelers are allowed on a trail so you know who and what to watch out for!

Yield to Uphill Traffic
Since traveling uphill is far more difficult than downhill, people traveling uphill should always be given the right of way. Of course, some uphill hikers may use downhill traffic as an opportunity to rest and will notify you to keep moving if this is the case.

Stay to the Right, Pass on the Left
Think of the trail like a road. If you are passing someone, a polite “On your left!” or “Hello, we’re going to pass on your left.”

Tech on the Trail
Be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when checking your phone or device. Whether you’re stopping to change a song, respond to a text, or take a picture, be sure you aren’t holding up others on the trail.

Practice Social Distancing, share the road
When hitting the trails with friends, you may need to social distance within your group. Be sure to share the road with others.

Leave No Trace
Littering is prohibited and the best trail practices state if you bring it in, take it out with you.

Be Friendly, Courteous and Have Fun
Be respectful to all other around you and follow the trail etiquette tips. A friendly “Hello” or even just a smile and wave goes a long way out on the trails and helps create a positive environment for all!

What type of Trail Traveler are you?

Bike Trails

  • Ride on the right, pass on the left
  • Speed is 15 mph
  • Slow down and prepare to stop when others are around
  • Make noise well before passing
  • Look around, signal before passing or stopping

Walking & Hiking Trails

  • Practice social distancing, do not take up the whole trail
  • Be aware of cyclists and horses
  • Yield to horses
  • If going downhill, yield to hikers coming up
  • Practice proper leashed pet etiquette
  • Keep voice and or music down

Horse Trails

Stay on trails to minimize impact

  • Leave all gates the way you found them, open or closed
  • Select rest stops that will not impede other traffic
  • Tie your horse up properly if leaving

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24 hours ago

Fall colors are scarce, and winter is right around the corner. If you are looking for a little inspiration on winter activities, check out this article from California High Sierra.
californiahighsierra.com/trips/outdoor-adventures-in-california-winter/

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Fall colors are scarce, and winter is right around the corner. If you are looking for a little inspiration on winter activities, check out this article from California High Sierra.
https://californiahighsierra.com/trips/outdoor-adventures-in-california-winter/

#TravelResponsibly
Photo by Instagram user @amithsreedhar on 1/15/2020

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I caught a lot of nice Trout in that river, during the '70s...

That’s a lot of brown and dead evergreens.

Breathtaking xo!!!!!!!

So beautiful!

Looks like another picture I have seen. They were asking where It was. Except It was taken in summer and this is a Winter photo.

BEAUTIFUL

Florence L

Ann Craig

where is this ?

Wow amazing picture

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

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3 days ago

Hmmmmm... thinking about all of the things I'm grateful for...
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!

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Hmmmmm... thinking about all of the things Im grateful for...
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!

Photo by Instagram user @pardonmyfrencheee
#keepbishopsafe #Thanksgiving2020

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FWIW, it's interesting that "Visit Bishop" posts a photo of scenery that's 60 miles away. Just sayin'... but I love this photo! <3

What a great photo !!

Great picture thanks for sharing 🙂🙂❤❤🦃🦃

Adorable.....just like Bishop! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone❤️🦃🍁

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shana Gordon

See you soon!

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3 days ago

Members of the Emmy-award winning CBS show “One Day at a Time” and state health expert Dr. Diana Ramos share important tips and information on how to have safe family holidays in the time of COVID-19. Check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

youtu.be/Tn0VVFnHSkQ (English)
youtu.be/0QCmyWRhF_A (Spanish)
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5 days ago

This is Bishop from the Tungsten Hills looking east. Our little town is almost like an island. We have to travel hours to do most major shopping, or for any major medical issues. For most of us, it is absolutely worth it because we love the Eastern Sierra and although our town is small, our “backyard” is big and full of majestic natural beauty. We know many of you who live far away love this place as well. ❤️

So as you are making holiday plans this year, please remember to protect the people and places you love to play in. We appreciate it!!

Photo by Betsy Forsyth Johnson
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This is Bishop from the Tungsten Hills looking east. Our little town is almost like an island. We have to travel hours to do most major shopping, or for any major medical issues. For most of us, it is absolutely worth it because we love the Eastern Sierra and although our town is small, our “backyard” is big and full of majestic natural beauty. We know many of you who live far away love this place as well. ❤️

So as you are making holiday plans this year, please remember to protect the people and places you love to play in. We appreciate it!! 

Photo by Betsy Forsyth Johnson
#keepbishopsafe

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We were campground hosts at Mammoth & went to Bishop for nice dinners on our days off, get haircuts, do laundry & see dentist. Enjoyed Bishop Mule Days too.. Besutiful area to spend the summer... Had to edit & add Schat's Bakery 💞💞

My first trip to Bishop was 57 years ago and have been back more years than not. I plan to keep coming back until my legs can’t walk the trails anymore. It’s truly a special place.

Wish I could be there. Great place to do star watching. Seem to be extra stars in the sky over there. Wishing you all the best for the holidays. Wish that bakery could deliver. So yummy. Stay well. <3

Loved growing up in Bishop, many fond memories there! I bet the town has changed since 75, but never the scenery!

One of my favorite places to camp don't how many times I've been there but I've been a bunch of times love it over 30times

I love it too! Grew up in Big Pine, worked in Bishop and Big Pine! 😊

best town I ever lived in

A place and time far far away! A place named Bishop, where I was born.

Take care! Hope to see you again next year!

Lived in early 50’s I lived in a mine camp Sheelite till the mud slide, moved to Rovanna To a mine housing . Parents bought a house in Tungsten City, up behind Rocking K Ranch, attended school in Round Valley Lots of memory In the area

Maybe you need to stop Blaming people that travel to the Eastern Sierra for your local problems. Its not really that small of a town and With the tax you get from tourism build a real medical facility and hospital!

Best place to grow up ‼️

Bishop is always one of our stopping points if we're visiting Yosemite and Death Valley. Bishop Creek Canyon, Rock Creek Canyon, Schats Bakery, Jacks, Spellbinder Books, Whiskey Creek- all previous haunts. Once normal travel arrangements return, we'll be back to visit one of our favourite places in the USA.

My Dad grew up in Bishop, he actually worked at the Tungsten mines for awhile before heading to El Paso to go to college. Then the war started and he joined the Army Air Corps . I spent many a summers staying with my grandma Duffy, playing with my cousins in that magical place. Still my favorite place on earth.

I know this viewpoint........magic.

Lived at Hilltop Estates/ Swall Meadows for quite a few years in the late 70’s to the early 80’s. Only place in California that keeps me coming back every couple years.

We would love to move there! Love the area.

Thank you for the words and picture you are blessed to live there xo

Our favorite place to go. Always come to the car show.

Home🇺🇸

I really miss Bishop and the Owens valley.....

To bad its in commiefornia. Love bishop

I remember Lone Pine too. Loved it

Small Town, Big Back Yard. 🥰

Can I have a friend request please

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1 week ago

Flashback to Main Street, 1886. Who would like to escape to this scene?

#LoveBishop #historicbishop
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Flashback to Main Street, 1886. Who would like to escape to this scene?

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I will take 1986. Had a cool uncle living there. Free lodging, and his Land Cruiser was available for deep snow drives.

Heck no...especially after I saw the video on "the old western hygiene". Talk about funk and stink! Whew, even the women stunk! Man-o-man....plus add on disease, diet and doctoring! Nope...lol 😆

I wonder if they still had to pose to get the exposure by 1886. Probably not.

Hmmm...1886 in Owens Valley? Was there a Sheriff? Or just a bunch of gun toting fools on horseback.

might be a sale but I will think it is a Halter class in the middle of the street and that will make me happy

Love that picture

I would love it. 🙏❤️🙏

I see Rusty’s!! Lol

It would be hard an cold but very free it would be something to go back in time

Every horse looks so healthy (extra shiny coat).... all that great pasture of the area > Owens Valley!

No thank you. I love Bishop, but I can't imagine living there without AC or a swamp cooler. lol

Even tho these days were hard ,they were free to enjoy great days.

Life was harder back then but better in My opinion.

Looks like a stock sale. If it were today, I would call it a horse show.

A busy place!

Early "Mule Days"?

I would buy that Appaloosa .

I would escape in a second :)

great pic

Right on

Can we visit but not stay?

Me

Great picture

Me toooooooo

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