Bishop Visitor Logo

Bishop Visitor's Center

Intro

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.

Featured image provided by Dcrjsr

Check out the Digital Bishop Visitor Guide!

Archived Stories

Tell us:

How do you enjoy OUR BACKYARD?

Follow Us on Instagram

Join Us on Facebook!

19 hours ago

Look at this happy family! If you are thinking about traveling to Bishop with your dog, read about our dog-friendly city! Of course, please pick up after your four-legged family member! www.bishopvisitor.com/dog-friendly-city/
📷 by Bolt the Heeler
... See MoreSee Less

Look at this happy family! If you are thinking about traveling to Bishop with your dog, read about our dog-friendly city! Of course, please pick up after your four-legged family member! https://www.bishopvisitor.com/dog-friendly-city/
📷 by Bolt the Heeler

 

Comment on Facebook

This looks beautiful. I miss you! We are due to meet somewhere!!!! Love you.

The most unfriendly dog town I have come across is Lodi,Ca. Me and my Border Collie haven’t had any issues on the eastern Sierra visiting or staying at motels and such.

Lea Belgarde

+ View more comments

1 day ago

It's summer. There are fish, beautiful lakes and streams, and long days to share with friends and family. Stop by the Visitor Center to find out where the best spots are right now. We know South Lake was just stocked yesterday!
📷 by @miz_moz36
... See MoreSee Less

Its summer. There are fish, beautiful lakes and streams, and long days to share with friends and family. Stop by the Visitor Center to find out where the best spots are right now. We know South Lake was just stocked yesterday!
📷 by @miz_moz36

 

Comment on Facebook

I used to fishing at Owens river..a lot of mosquito and yellow jacket in summer time. South lake is good for fishing too

Let's go back Bea Garcia

IT'S NOT SUMMER UNTIL THE 21ST!!! Get the hell off my lawn

+ View more comments

1 day ago

Well this is always fun!! Thanks to our friends Parchers Resort & South Lake Landing !!!What happened at South Lake Bishop this morning? Trout Stocking Baby! First load of DFW fish for the season hit South Lake! Some nice quality fish cruising...and all of a sudden a lot of people lol. Hoping for boats & kayaks by Friday. Still have a few cabins left for the weekend...give us a call 760-873-4177. . . #bishopcreek #easternsierra #parchersresort #troutfishing #rainbowtrout #summerishere #highcountryfishing @ South Lake Boat Landing ... See MoreSee Less

Well this is always fun!! Thanks to our friends Parchers Resort & South Lake Landing !!!

 

Comment on Facebook

Yes I see water is still a little low

Wow, The water level is low...

+ View more comments

2 days ago

Camping and fishing in Bishop Creek canyon is happening! For information about camping in this local canyon, read www.bishopvisitor.com/ins-outs-camping-bishop-creek-canyon/
Photo credit: @bammman
... See MoreSee Less

Camping and fishing in Bishop Creek canyon is happening! For information about camping in this local canyon, read https://www.bishopvisitor.com/ins-outs-camping-bishop-creek-canyon/ 
Photo credit: @bammman

 

Comment on Facebook

Loved camping at big trees campground ! Wonderful memories! ❤️

Real campers don't use selfiesticks.

I wish

Go RAMS!

I bet they brought a television

+ View more comments

Load more
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!