I’ve been so busy lately I’ve had to neglect calipidder.com a bit. But we were able to squeeze out to 395 to pay a visit to some of our favorite country over an extended four day Memorial Day Weekend.
We drove out Friday night and met the crew at Fossil Falls  BLM camp along 395 (about 20 mins north of Ridgecrest). Greeted by a sidewinder only a few minutes after stepping out of the car I was certain it was going to be one of *those* kind of trips.

On Saturday morning we headed to Centennial Canyon to hike a loop and check out the petroglyphs (sorry, no GPS track for this one).

Centennial Glyph
Centennial Glyph

We circled the wagons at Astro Artz cabin that night which was a smart move – we were tucked away and a bit protected from the wind that blasted us nearly all weekend.

Astro Artz
Astro Artz

On Sunday morning we drove up to Cerro Gordo. Robert, the new caretaker, showed us around a bit and then we hiked up to Cerro Gordo Peak. Note that the approach to this peak is on private land and you must obtain permission before passing through – see maps tab below for GPS route info.

Cerro Gordo (town) and Inyo Mtns as seen from hike to peak
Cerro Gordo (town) and Inyo Mtns as seen from hike to peak
Sierra as seen from Cerro Gordo Peak
Sierra as seen from Cerro Gordo Peak

After making a brief stop at the U2 Joshua Tree we headed out Saline Valley road.

U2's Joshua Tree, now fallen (natural causes)
U2’s Joshua Tree, now fallen (natural causes)

Where we stayed at the Boxcar Cabin, a really well taken care of cabin that we were surprised to find available  at 3 pm on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Lucky, too – some short little windy squalls passed through and it was nice to have a dry and warm place to hide away.

Boxcar Cabin
Boxcar Cabin

Monday morning we headed into Lee Mines and hiked Jack Gunn/Maltese peak before heading into Lone Pine for breakfast at the Alabama Hills cafe. I haven’t spent much time along Saline Valley road and want to come back and explore some more. Maybe next Thanksgiving.

Saline Quirkiness
Saline Quirkiness

After Lone Pine we all went our separate ways. We headed north along 395 and cut over to 120 south of Mono Craters to a nice campsite with a view of Glass Mountain. We checked out a few side roads for future reference information and settled in for what we thought would be a really cold night. It ended up being quite pleasant.

Campsite
Campsite

Tuesday morning was our first visit to Whoa Nellie of the season and I had the most incredible breakfast sandwich. I miss Whoa Nellie in the winter.

Being the Tuesday after a holiday weekend, we figured Travertine Hot Springs might be empty and we were right. We enjoyed a short soak after taking the rough road in – the conditions have deteriorated enough that it would be difficult getting a passenger car in. Maybe that’s why it was so quiet.

Travertine Hot Springs
Travertine Hot Springs

We drove home over Sonora Pass and there is still an insane amount of snow. I’m beginning to wonder if it will ever go away this year.

Sonora Pass, May 31 2011
Sonora Pass, May 31 2011

 

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Cerro Gordo Peak

Jack Gunn/Maltese Peak

Cerro Gordo

Boxcar Cabin

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  1. Jim Jarvis

    Fun, fun 4-day weekend, Rebecca. I sure do enjoy you site. Great photos. I was virtually right there with you folks. Yes, an insane amount of snow. We live at 3500 ft, above the Sac Valley. Hey, it’s sure been raining here the past 3 days (June!), so snowing even a greater amount at 9624 ft. (Did I say “June!”?) Thanks Calipidder, Jim J;O)

    1. Calipidder Listing Owner

      Thanks for stopping by! Looks like we’ll finally get some summer-ish weather this weekend.

  2. sharon giacomazzi

    Greetins Calipidder from Yosemite!

    Love your trip reports and amzing photos. I need some directional help to Centennial Cyn. trailhead. It’s been a few years since I took that wonderful journey back in time to the place where rain shamans asked for help from the big horns, their spirit helpers.

    I remember turning off Hwy. 190 but becasue I wasn’t driving I didn’t pay close attention—too busy zoning out on the endless, hypnotic desert scene.

    I’d be so grateful if you would dial me.

    Many thanks, Sharon

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