The breathtaking road to Rocky Bottom Lake in CA
Rocky Bottom Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.280m (10,761ft) above the sea level, located in Inyo County, in the eastern central part of the U.S. state of California.
Located high atop the Eastern Sierras just south west of Bishop, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It is called Coyote Flat 4×4 trail. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. The trail doesn't cater to larger vehicles. The drive offers stunning views, frozen snow drifts, alpine vistas and rolling meadows. There are several ruined mines along the drive. Only try the road with a vehicle that has a proper height and ground clearance, four-wheel drive, slightly deflated tires, and a spare wheel and tire.
The road to the lake, located within the Inyo National Forest, is pretty steep. Starting at Bishop, the road to the lake is 25.42km (15.8 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.949 meters. The average gradient is 7.66%. This lake has been well known for having a ton of fish. A small steep unpaved mining road at the west climbs up to 3.368m (11,049ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of California.