Horseshoe Meadow is a sub-alpine meadow at an elevation of 3.070m (10,072ft) above the sea level, located in Inyo County, in the U.S. state of California. This paved route climbs an extremely steep mountain face with a long series of sharp switchbacks. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of California.
Located in the Inyo National Forest, the road to the summit is asphalted. It’s called Horseshoe Meadows Road. The road is a series of straights connected by hairpin turns. It’s 19.7 miles long and rated as the second most difficult climb in California, with an average grade of 6.5%. Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, southwest of Lone Pine, do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime. The road is closed from approximately November to May due to snow. The road constantly climbs with switchbacks, so be patient and keep your eyes on the road. Remember to use a low gear on the way down! Four wheel drive will give you an extra grip on the road.
Pic: Gary Beckstrom