A few years ago I celebrated my 25th birthday in the Eastern Sierra. I had four whole days dedicated to fun, some driving to and from the Bay Area, but no agenda. I’d been to the East Side before, to tackle Mt. Whitney and some ice climbing, but had never driven the length of 395. I’m always stuck with the dilemma of trying to see something of everything, or sticking to just one spot. For my 25th trip around the sun, I was going to try to see a bit of it all.
If you’ve got some time to kill in Bishop and climbing’s not really your thing, take a drive out into the Volcanic Tablelands and get lost. Well, not literally. The petroglyphs are no longer advertised due to destruction to the art in years past, but stop by the White Mountain Ranger Station or Wilson’s Eastside Sports for some petroglyph beta. They’ll point you in the right direction and give you some hints. Or if you prefer to do it yourself, careful sleuthing on Google will also bring up a few maps and BLM driving guides for you.