Route 395 runs down a magnificent corridor along the Eastern Sierra, passing through Mono Basin and Owens Valley.
If you turn West on route 120 at Lee Vining you can cross the Sierras and come to Yosemite or the populated parts of California.
Considering how spectacular the land East of the Sierras is, and how close it is to urban California, it is amazing how little development there is along Route 395.
On our recent trip, Julian and I started out in Yosemite Valley where we:
Next, we headed over Tioga Pass to Route 395 and:
- Explored Mono Lake
- Camped in the High Desert
- Visited the ghost town of Bodie
- Swam in Hot Creek (no pictures, but a great time!)
- Spent some time in the Mammoth Mountain ski resort
Driving along Route 395 watching the mountains and desert was an integral part of the experience. What a great trip for both Julian and me!