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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Length, One-Way: 16 Miles (26.67 Kilometers)
Time: 30 minutes @ 35 mph

General Information

Description - This scenic highway begins on the outskirts of Bishop in the Owens Valley. Owens Valley, at 4,000 feet in elevation, is a high plains landscape replete with glorious fall colors, gorgeous spring wildflowers and year-round fishing in the Owens River. It climbs through pinyon-juniper woodlands, up into the Inyo National Forest.

Attractions - Passing through an outstanding scenic area of the eastern Sierra, this U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway and State Scenic Highway climbs through pinyon-juniper woodlands to the world's oldest living trees, the Bristlecone Cone Forest. The trees have survived more than 40 centuries; over and above the age of the sequoia by 1,500 years. Nearly a dozen private campgrounds are accessible from Route 168. Lake Sabrina and South Lake, also accessible from Route 168, offer fishing and boat launch site.

Recreation - The Route 168--Part of the Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway is known for it's natural and recreational attractions.

Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, snowy and wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered," ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - This byway is located in the High Sierra Region, near the town of Bishop. It begins on the outskirts of Bishop and follows Route 168 southwest from Camp Sabrina to Brockman Lane at Paiute Shoshone Indian Reservation.

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ICON Scenic Driving Route 168--Part of the Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway
ICON Viewing Scenery Route 168--Part of the Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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