Rock Creek Road

Rock Creek Road, the highest paved public road in California

Rock Creek Road is a very scenic drive with dramatic views, located on the boundary between Mono and Inyo counties, in the eastern central part of the U.S. state of California. It is said to be the highest paved public road in California, topping out at 3.121m (10,239ft) above the sea level.

How long is Rock Creek Road?

Located within Inyo National Forest, the road to the summit is paved, with a narrow section part near its end at Mosquito Flats. It’s 16.73km (10,4 miles) long beginning on the west side of Highway 395, east of Tom's Place. The road narrows to unmarked narrow two lanes just past the lake. The drive offers dramatic views of surrounding Sierra peaks.

Is Rock Creek Road open?

Set high in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, expect high alpine conditions. This road is not clear of snow until late in May or early June and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Beware that the temperatures during the summer can be stifling.

Is Rock Creek Road steep?

The road is pretty steep hitting a 10-15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Tom's Place the ascent is 16.73km (10,4 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 969 meters. The average gradient is 5.79%.
Pic: James Hatton

 

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