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Bishop, CA: Slims Peak

This 3-mile off-trail route leads to Slims Peak, a 7,000-foot summit with 360-degree views of the Mojave Desert and Sierra Nevada.

Rating

This adventure really starts with the drive up Pleasant Canyon, which was home to two of the area’s largest mines–now, ghost towns. Park your car to begin an off-trail scramble to Slims Peak. Start by hiking south up the ridgeline past low-lying vegetation and sporadic Joshua Trees. In 1.1 miles, veer west and continue ascending, keeping close to the ridgeline to avoid the steep scree fields below. Reach Slim Peak Summit (7,265 ft.) and enjoy long sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert. Return the way you came.
Mapped by Justin Ennis

To Trailhead

From Bishop, head south US 395 and in 59.5 miles turn left onto CA 136. In 17.5 miles, continue straight on CA 190 and go 33.2 miles to Panamint Valley Road. Turn right and drive 13.9 miles before turning right at Trona Wildrose Rd. In 9.4 miles, turn left onto Ballarat Road and make a slight right up out of the canyon in 4.1 miles. Continue ascending up the canyon wall for 6 miles. Park on the side and begin bushwhacking due south to Slims Peak. Note: The last 15 miles require high-clearance car.

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