Eastern Sierras-Entering Overland Nirvana

GPS  N 37 7.37′  W118 4.60
Elevation 7,000-9,500 ft
Season Best from April to November.
Terrain  Rocky terrain with off camber sections
Difficulty Moderate
Required Vehicle 4WD high clearance vehicle
Time 2.5 hrs
Length 18.4 miles from Independence (16.3 miles unpaved)
Eastern Sierras-Entering Pappoose flats
Entering Papoose Flat

Site Location and Description: The Eastern trailhead is located 10.8 miles from the northern end of Saline Valley Road in the Eastern Sierra. The western trailhead is located off the Mazourka Peak Trail. This is an excellent, moderately difficult  trail in the Eastern Sierra backcountry of the Inyo National Forest. The section from Badger Flat to Papoose Flat is the most challenging and very scenic.

Papoose Flat

A rough and off camber trail traverses loose, ledgy and rutted terrain.  A stock vehicle with  high clearance 4×4 should be fine. Note: High clearance is needed for portions of this trail. There are several backcountry camp spots tucked into the trees. We do not recommend using an off-road trailer on this trail unless you are an experienced 4×4 driver.

History of Papoose Flat:  The Paiute Indians spent the summer and fall in the Inyo Mountains around Papoose and Badger flats gathering pinyon nuts and killing game for winter.

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Eastern Sierras-Top of Pappoose flats trail
Top of Papoose Flat trail

Papoose Flats-Pinyon Pine
Pinyon Pine

Looking West From Pappoose Flats
Looking west 

Looking East Pappoose Flats
Looking East 

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New York born to SoCal via Puerto Rico and San Francisco, partner in crime and co-founder of The Adventure Portal, Lori has over 15 years experience in partaking of adventures in the American southwest, primitive camping, hiking and exploring in her Rubi. She welcomes new challenges and is always pushing the envelope of adventure in her Jeep.