The West Coast (CA,NV,WA,OR), Trip Reports » Inyo mountains overnighter


Hey all… first post so trying to get it right. Also, first overnighter on the mountain bike. A whole new world awaits me…

Loaded up the Yeti and took off into the expansive Inyo Mountains for some remote exploring and some senic vistas. After about 5 grand of climbing I set up camp on the ridge. I figured I’d endure wind to take advantage of the grand views.

The Sierra Nevada just before sunset.

My humble abode for the evening.

Rise and shine. Cold and windy night gave way to a clear brisk morning.

Bike and belly all loaded and ready to roll. Spectacular scene across the valley to the forbidden (for bikes) Sierra Nevada range.

After some rolling hills and such I arrive to cruise through the granite towers of Papoose Flats.

And continue down canyon to begin the long climb out. What goes up must come down and visa-versa. Its all good…I love to climb when I’m not descending.


All-in-all a successful ride. The bags held just fine. The bike was flawless. And the terrain was beautiful. Total of about 30 miles with 4,500+ of climbing and decending all on tacky double track. Here is a profile of the loop:

Hope you enjoyed the post and I’ll keep them coming!


Comments (9)

fritzOctober 31st, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Nice pictures! Thanks for the report — keep posting!

Trucker a.k.a JeremyNovember 1st, 2011 at 6:47 am

Great Photos. Inyo looks like a great place to explore by bike. What trailhead or town did you start from?

ChuntNovember 1st, 2011 at 11:30 am

Beautiful photos and a nice distance for your first overnighter. Looks like you had a great time. Congrats.

slhappyNovember 1st, 2011 at 11:52 am

Thanks for the comments guys. Trucker the closest town is Big Pine, Ca. It is in the Inyo/White Mountain range. Miles of rideable terrain.

Jon CalNovember 1st, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Drooling and jealous…

Is that a little snow on the ground in first pic?

BrianNovember 2nd, 2011 at 12:06 am

Awesome trip and photos.

slhappyNovember 2nd, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Jon Cal, No, that’s just a bleached out stick. Although a few weeks ago the whole place was blanketed in a few inches of snow. The melted snow made the dirt damp and perfect!!!

erinAugust 21st, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Can you route this route using Also, where did you collect water? Would this ride be doable in September? I am looking for a good 1 or 2 nighter to do in the eastern sierras in mid September. Thanks,!


SlhappySeptember 5th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Erin, I can email you GPX file of the route…send me a PM. The route would be excellent in Sept, the later the better, as the temps will be perfect.

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