Horseshoe Meadow

Horseshoe Meadow, one of the highest roads of California

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 is a white knuckle ride for sure. It’s 31.70km (19.7 miles) long and rated as the second most difficult climb in California, with an average grade of 6.5%. This is a very rapid elevation change. Be advised. If you're not used to the change, it'll make you dizzy. There are plenty of turn outs to get photos.

Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, southwest of Lone Pine, do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. 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. Rocks are removed daily at 4:00 pm (that should give a hint to the nature of this road).
Pic: Gary Beckstrom

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.