Sand Canyon 2
GPSN 37 30.891 W118 38.295
Elevation gain 7,675-10,131 ft
Season mid July-late Sept
Terrain rocky and steep in places
Difficulty moderate
Required VehicleStock 4×4 with high clearance.
Time 3 to 4 hours round trip
Length 9.2 miles one way

Current Road Conditions: 760-873-2500

Start of ascent
Beginning the ascent.

Directions:  From highway 395, between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, take Lower Rock Creek Road south 4.3 miles or Gorge Road/Old Sherwin Grade Road north 6.8 miles to Swall Meadow Road.  Go west on Swall Medow Road .7 miles and turn right on Sky Meadows Road.  Follow Sky Meadows Road northwest .5 miles to a one-lane dirt road on the right soon after the pavement ends.

Following ridge line
Following ridge line
Fall colors
Fall colors

Site Location and Description: This is a fun and beautiful trail that follows the John Muir Wilderneass and climbs up giving you great mountain views. This trail is rated moderate and has some sandy areas and several steep rocky climbs and descents.   In the spring, the wildflowers are abundant and in the fall, the landscape is filled with beautifully colored leaves. You can spend the day and fish at a small lake at the end of the trail, although the lake level varies. (Summer 2015: lake level-extremely low). You’ll  find a primitive camp area here as well.

Primitive camping by lake
Primitive camping by lake
Lake at the end of the trail
Lake at the end of the trail

Editor: Lori Palmer
Photos : Andy Palmer

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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.