Coyote Flat

Coyote Flat: a steep rocky road for high clearance 4X4's in California

Coyote Flat is a high mountain plateau at an elevation of 3.061m (10,042ft) above the sea level, located in Inyo County, in the eastern central part of the U.S. state of California. It’s one of the highest roads of California.

How long is the road to Coyote Flat in California?

Tucked away in the Inyo National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Coyote Valley Road. Starting at Bishop, the road is 25.74km (16.0 miles) long. It was built in the 1940’s as a mining road.

Is the road to Coyote Flat in California open?

Set high in the mountains, the road traversing the pass is not plowed in winters. It’s usually impassable from late October through late June or early July. No water or facilities in this area. The drive is pretty scenic offering grazing deer and views of Palisade Glacier at the south end of the Flat. You can spot coyotes, bears, and mountain lions.

Is the Coyote Flat Road challenging?

The road is pretty steep and rocky. Much of trail is easy, but rocky sections are moderate. It’s best suited to high clearance 4X4 vehicles. The road climbs steeply after leaving Bishop, following canyons and along ridges in pine forests.
Pic: David Nagy

 

 

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