Tungsten Peak – Hiking | Bishop Visitor Information Center
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

Archived Stories

Tell us:

How do you enjoy OUR BACKYARD?

Follow Us on Instagram

Join Us on Facebook!

Visit Bishop shared a post.
Visit Bishop

20 hours ago

There's still time for fall color trips! Thanks to California High Sierra for the list.One of the most unique ways to see fall colors is by horseback. The Eastern Sierra is very fortunate to have pack stations nearby each of the colorful canyons filled with Aspen. Don't miss out! #TravelTuesday
.
Image appears courtesy: Visit Bishop - Photo By: @beautymajic from IG
.
Click 👇 to learn more about the High Sierra's secret season: californiahighsierra.com/trips/the-secret-season-have-fun-exercise-too/
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Visit Bishop shared a post.
Visit Bishop

20 hours ago

The Eastern Sierra History Conference is Oct. 26 - 28, 2018 and includes lectures, talks, tours, and more! Follow the link below and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association for more information. Get tickets here: esiaonline.org/eastern-sierra-history-conference/Make sure you're at this year's Eastern Sierra History Conference for this talk: "The Evolution of John Muir’s Attitude Toward Native American Indians" by Dr. Raymond Barnett - Retired Professor of Biology, Chico State University. Full conference agenda located here: bit.ly/2AekZIX ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Visit Bishop shared a post.
Visit Bishop

2 days ago

Looking for fall color right now? Check out these photos from Horton Lakes Trail taken this last weekend - right outside of Bishop!The colors on the Horton Lakes Trail were so amazing this weekend, we had trouble selecting the best photos. Here are a handful. While the colors were post-peak at the highest elevations, they were perfect at the mid elevations (below 10,000 ft). ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Visit Bishop shared a photo.
Visit Bishop

3 days ago

Rock Creek Lakes Resort is closing for the season. Be sure to check ahead at some of your seasonal favorites as winter nears - hours change and some resorts close. There’s still plenty of good high country weather - you’ll just have to pack your own lunch!It’s our last day of the season!!We are serving breakfast and lunch 8 AM-3 PM. The store will be closing at 5 PM tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!