Round Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.216m (10,551ft) above the sea level, located in Inyo County, in the U.S. state of California. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of California.
Located within the Inyo National Forest, the route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Winter comes early and stays late on this trail, so you may only be able to safely run it in the middle of the summer. You can spot coyotes, bears, and mountain lions, and even catch a few trout. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. The road climbs steeply after leaving Bishop, following canyons and along ridges in pine forests. This is a steep and rocky road, best suited to high clearance 4X4 vehicles. Much of Coyote Flat is almost 10,000 feet in elevation. The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed!
Pic: David Nagy