The heat is on in Bishop. But unlike other hot locales, there are many ways to still enjoy the great outdoors in the summer, if you have a plan. As the saying “it’s a dry heat” goes… due to our proximity to the High Sierra and the desert climate, you can escape by going out early, taking a dip in an alpine lake, or go up in elevation to play. Here’s a few ideas on how you can sample Bishop’s Big Backyard this summer during the day.
Taste The Essence Of The Sierra
Did you know that the delicious H2O within all those plastic water bottles comes from the Owens River Valley? With upwards of 95% of beer being water, it’s no wonder that the Eastern Sierra is home to so many award-winning breweries. And as of this month, they have partnered together to create the Eastern Sierra Ale Trail. If you visit all six, you’ll earn an Eastern Sierra Ale Trail Patch.
Take A Drive
Even on the hottest days Bishop and its big backyard’s natural beauty is still accessible to all via a scenic drive. Right from town you can see everything from stark desert lowlands to the lush vegetation, streams, and the lakes of the high country. And all right to your car window. Buckle up and take in 5 of our favorite scenic drives surrounding Bishop.
Word Of Caution
If you do head higher in elevation, most of the lakes are finally ice free and resorts are welcoming visitors. Even so, the snow continues to fight the good fight and linger in the upper elevations (primarily above 11,000 feet). Be very aware in places like the far side of Bishop Pass and along the PCT. Conditions are deep slushy mushy snow, and the water is still flowing fiercely, making for sketchy creek crossings everywhere. It’s a good idea to stop by the Bishop Chamber first to get the most up to the minute information.
Music In The Mountains
Even though it’s summer, we’re already thinking about fall… specifically the Millpond Music Festival. After three decades, the Millpond Music Festival isn’t just another great music festival but a tradition. Located in the Millpond Park just north of Bishop, you’ll find just as an eclectic lineup of bands, singers, and performers as the scenery in the Eastern Sierra. Tickets are on sale now!