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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: None along the byway itself. Possible special par
Length, One-Way: 9 Miles (15.0 Kilometers)
Time: 11 minutes @ 50 mph

General Information

Description - This State Scenic Highway cuts through the beautiful high-country of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. From the byway one can see some of California's highest mountain peaks, such as Red Slate Mountain at 13,163 feet. The highway follows the Owens River to Crowley Lake and beyond. The whole byway is contained in the beautiful Inyo National Forest.

Attractions - Route 395--Mono County traverses along the slope of the east edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, through what is normally known as Little Round Valley or sometimes called Convict Flat. Being above 7,000 feet, the scenery is typical of that normally found in high desert meadows.

The area which now constitutes Mono County, California, was, prior to the coming of the whiteman, a spiritually sacred place to the Paiute Indians. "Mono" in Paiute means "beautiful," which aptly describes this highly scenic area.

Crowley Lake is the centerpiece of southern Mono County, set in the expansive sweep of Long Valley and ringed by the Eastern Sierra, the Glass Mountains and the White Mountains.

Flanking the western edge of Long Valley are Convict Lake and glacier-carved Rock Creek and McGee Creek canyons, popular for camping, hiking, backpacking, photography and lake and stream fishing. These areas offer pack outfits with daily horseback rides, extended pack trips and exciting spring and fall horse drives.

Recreation - The Route 395--Mono County is known for it's historical, natural, recreational and scenic 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 Mammoth Lakes extending from near Long Valley Resort to 1 mile north of Route 203 (the turnoff to Mammoth Mountain Resort).

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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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