Bishop Things to Do

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    Bishop’s Pine Creek Mine Mural

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    This mural is dedicated to the Large Pine Creek Tungsten Mine and the Champion Sparkplug Mines. The Pine Creek mine is closed, but still exists. The gentleman in the circle image is a former miner who is now the caretake there and has worked at the mine for over 40 years. The Sparkplug mine once produced the raw material for ceramics used to make sparks plug insulators.

    Please check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    690 N. Main Street, Bishop , CA 93514

    There is a wonderful memorial stone dedicated to:

    The Greatest Freedom Ever Known "America"
    Talmage Park
    In Memory Of
    Donald H. Talmage
    For Dedicated Service To The
    City Of Bishop
    Councilman 1982-1986 Mayor 1986

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    Bishop Creek Recreational Area

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    Bishop Creek recreation area is a vast area where any nature lover can enjoy. There is a vast array of camping, RVing, hiking, biking, fishing, or just sitting a taking in the beauty.

    Please check with the individual parks because times or fees may have changed.

    CAMP GROUNDS

    Check with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
    10 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
    10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday

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    Spring near Bishop

    by JLBG Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Bishop and the plain around stand at an elevation of about 1,300 meters (4,200 feet). The landscape around Bishop is outstanding with on the east the high range of the Sierra Nevada. We had not enough time for any hiking as we were just on our way but hikes are a great many.

    Numerous peaks are within a short distance of Bishop, including Mount Humphreys, 4,263 meters (13,986 feet), White Mountain Peak, 4341 meters (14,242 feet), northeast. I feel that the tallest mountain on photo 1 might be Mount Humphreys. Photo 2 is a close up on the same peak.

    Actually, as stated by Bishopweb, Bishop is a center for “camping, hiking, hunting, climbing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, 4-wheel excursions, winter sports”. We will have to come back!

    Spring near Bishop Spring near Bishop
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    Sagebrush steppe

    by JLBG Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Sagebrush steppe (photo 3) covers large areas of the western periphery of the Great basin and provides it’s special aspects. The main plant in Sagebrush steppe is Artemisia tridentata, also called sagebrush, common sagebrush, big sagebrush, blue sagebrush or mountain sagebrush. Sagebrush has a strong pungent fragrance, not unpleasant. Photo 1 and 2 show a Sage brush. Sagebrush provides an important habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). We were lucky to view one Sage-Grouse from a few meters but it flew away before I was able to take a photo.

    Sagebrush Sagebrush Sagebrush steppe
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    Spring north to Bishop

    by JLBG Written Feb 10, 2009

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    These two photos show the mountain range, north to Bishop. Sorry, I am unable to name these summits. Photo 1 might be White Mountain Peak but I would not give my head for that! Anybody can name these mountains? Help!

    Spring north to Bishop Spring north to Bishop
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    Mule Capital of the World !

    by JLBG Written Feb 10, 2009

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    Bishop may be the Mule Capital of the World but we were not fortunate enough to spot any of them when driving road 395! On several occasions, cows looked at us in an unwelcoming way! Obviously, they knew that was THEIR home and that no intruder should disturb them from grazing the tufts of grayish shrubs.

    Cows grazing the Sagebrush steppe Cows grazing the Sagebrush steppe
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    Rock Creek

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 25, 2007

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    The Rock Creek Recreation area is about 30 minutes north of Bishop. This is a scenic area that is great for hiking. If you're planning to head to Mt. Whitney, its a good idea to spend some time, and even a night here. The rock creek road ends at Mosquito Flat and here begins the trail to Little Lakes Valley. At 10,000 feet, you'll have a chance to adjust to the thin air.

    The Rock Creek Lodge has rooms available, but there are few and they fill up quickly. There is a campground here which is a more scenic and cost effective option to the pricey hotels in Bishop.

    I'd planned to spend the night here, doing a daytime Whitney prep and exploring the area. But when T.S. Ernesto forced me to leave a day later, I had to bag this section of the trip. I made it back here in June, 2007 and saw what I'd missed. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's heading to Whitney. Its a pretty area that's worth a stop and your lungs and head will thank you if you give yourself some time to adjust to the altitude.

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    Mosquito Flats/Little Lakes Valley

    by goingsolo Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Less than a half hours drive from Bishop, you'll find Little Lakes valley. At 10,000 feet, you'll probably feel a bit lightheaded. If the altitude doesn't get you, then the summertime mosquitos certainly will. Little Lakes Valley is the perfect place for a dayhike and a good place to acclimitize if you've got Whitney or another high peak in your sights.

    For more information, feel free to browse my Mammoth Lakes page.

    Little Lakes Valley
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    Paiute Palace Casino

    by malianrob Written Mar 9, 2006

    Just like most Indian Casinos you will find this casino in the middle of no where. Its toward the end of town and surprisingly it does get pretty busy there. They have slots, blackjack, poker, $1 megabucks and progressive machines.

    they are open 24 hours a day and the Cafe is open from 6am-10pm.

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  • Fishing

    by lvs2trvl Updated May 31, 2005

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    Some of the best fishing in California can be found in and around the Owens Valley. The Owens River offers many types of fish with an abundance of trout (rainbow, brook and brown), and some big & small mouth bass. There are hundreds of places along the river that are easily accessible by a regular 2 wheeldrive car. Of course, there are as many more you can get to in a 4 wheel drive. There are also dozens of lakes within an hour or so from Bishop. Fishing on the lakes is only open from the beginning of April to the end of October - but the river is open year-round. It truly is a fisherman's paradise.

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    Walk up to Paiuite Pass

    by tomatohead Updated Sep 3, 2003

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    If you are fit and not prone to altitude sickness, take an afternoon out of your trip and walk up to Paiute Pass. Humphreys Basin is my favorite place in the Sierras. You pass lush sub alpine and critter filled alpine zones to get there.

    You can walk to the pass from June (most years) to November (most years).

    The trailhead is out of North Lake. Park near the packstation.

    About 3 hours walk up and 2 hours down if you are a fit-ish hiker.

    thanks cal and marsha for the pic
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    Evil Red Horse

    by tomatohead Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    As you approach from the South end of town, an effigy of a red horse with white eyes greets you. It's kind of a weird juxtaposition, having just passed the huge sign with the names of all our local churches (of which there are heaps).

    I love the evil red horse.

    If you need some very very fancy and expensive Packer//Western gear or some feed for your livestock, stop in at the attached store.

    down boy
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    Say "Howdy" to a Mule

    by tomatohead Written Aug 28, 2003

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    Bishop is the self-described Mule Capital of the World (there appear to be many).

    Mule Days, which includes the country's largest non-motorized parade, is held every Memorial Day Weekend.

    Actually, Mule Days was started by the local packers who wanted to drum up more business with the vacationers from "down south" (LA) and the Bay Area.

    Mules are lovely creatures AND smarter than horses.

    friendly guy
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    Middle Fork Bishop Creek lake basin II

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    A little over 6 miles from the Lake Sabrina trailhead, lies Hungry Packer Lake. The trail ends here beside this glorious alpine lake, mounatins surrounding. A crosscountry route does go on but the pass crossing is difficult and most will be happy to absorb the scenery from the lake here, 11100 feet high.

    Sierran Peaks rise high above Hungry Packer Lake
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    Middle Fork Bishop Creek lake basin

    by mtncorg Written May 6, 2003

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    The trailheads for both North and South Lakes -on appropriately, the North and South Forks of Bishop Creek - are trailheads for major Sierran trails which go serve for going over the Sierran crest. Each of those trails sport several very pretty lakes. But for the best lakes in the area, go to the trailhead which begins at the end of CA 168 at Lake Sabrina. This trail goes up the watershed of the Middle Fork and unlike the other two trails, it deadends on the eastern side of the Sierran crest. From the roadend, 9080 feet, you come to the first lake after about 3 miles, Blue Lake, 10420 feet. The Thompson Ridge raise high on the SE edge of the lake. It has wonderful campsites and a sidetrail will take you to Donkey and Baboon Lakes, but the main trail goes right and in a couple more miles it reaches the heart of the lake basin - Dingleberry, Midnight, Topsy Turvy, Moonlight Lakes. Mt Darwin, Mt Haeckel and their fellows rise high above. Just ahead lies the lake with the great moniker of Drunken Sailor Lake - see the picture from the Bishop introduction.

    Thompson Ridge rising above Blue Lake
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