PDF Download: US HWY 395 and Mammoth Lakes- JUST GO
SUMMER IS HERE AND THE ALPINES ARE CALLING.
U.S. HWY 395 is one of those spoils we get from living on the West Coast. For many
Mountains are a
Playground, and with
like The Mt. Whitney
and Alabama Hills
Rec.area in Lone Pine, Ca., a place where John Wayne and the likes made countless
numbers of classical westerns like; Hopalong Cassidy, The Gene Autry Show,
The Lone Ranger, Bonanza, even a portion of Gladiator starring
Stop off for a tour of
one of the Film
museums in the
town of Lone Pine
if you have time,
they are filled with American nostalgia. There’s also a plethora of other places to
visit along the beaten
path like: Big Pine
Creek, Convict Lake,
Manzanar State Park
– (a WWII Japanese
and a real surviving
ghosttown – Bodie, Ca. As always, the magnificent 14,000 ft. Alpine views are
humbling to put it mildly.
This backcountry highway offers so much in a single day it’s hard to take everything in. Just above Lancaster still on HWY 14 not long before reaching the HWY 395 turn off is a State Park named Red Rocks Canyon State Park. The park is situated in a canyon of sandstone and desert shrubs one might wonder what is this place with its foreign topography. This canyon can reach swelteringly high temperatures so do take lots of water and
protection from the harsh desert elements when you go. Even though the campground is not too far from the highway.
The mornings can be quite peaceful here watching the daylight break on the odd sand stone formations. I find that these still moments out here allow for me to focus, to reflect, to sort out, and to process all the daily schlepping’s of this waking life.