Hwy 395 is one of my favorite road trips to take not only because it's close to my hometown of Lancaster (an hour north of Los Angeles), but because there are so many scenic stops along the way! The best part about it is that it fits perfectly into a day or weekend trip if you're short on time.
Stops along the way:
Start at Red Rock Canyon on the 14 Freeway. There you will enjoy the red scenic desert cliffs and rock formations. There's also a campground (Ricardo Campground) if you want to stay the night and start your trip early!
Continue north for about 23 miles and merge onto Hwy 395.
44 miles from Red Rock Canyon is your next stop, Fossil Falls Scenic Area. Make a right onto Cinder Road and then another right onto Fossil Falls Access Road. Parking lot and bathroom are available. To get to Fossil Falls, it's a short, easy hike. These rocks were sculpted years and years ago by lava and water flow.
After you've done a bit of walking and a lot of driving, you'll probably be hungry. I definitely recommend stopping by Alabama Hills Cafe, 46 miles north of Fossil Falls and a few miles from your next stop, Alabama Hills! This traditional cafe sits in the small town of Lone Pine. The food is delicious and comes in big portions. I also love stopping by Lone Star Bistro to grab a cup of coffee. Sometimes you can catch a few PCT backpackers grabbing a bite to eat -- Caffeine and inspiration!
Your next stop will be Alabama Hills, home to the famous Face Rock, many movie locations, and even more amazing rock formations! You might be thinking, what, more rocks?! But the best part about this road trip is that you feel like you're in a different world with every stop.
in November of 2015 was when MLC took our first road trip down the 395. Our original plan was to hike to Lone Pine Lake as our last stop, but we were unexpectedly greeted with snow which cut our plans short, but we were surprisingly okay with it! We explored Mt. Whitney trail head and the views were gorgeous.
Marie recently took another road trip down the 395, but decided to travel farther to Lake Tahoe and she found even more stops along the way! This Travelogue post will be ever growing because there's so much to see along this highway!
Wild Willy’s Hot Spring
Hot Creek Geological Site
Devil’s Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls in Mammoth Lakes