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Western Wheelers Bicycle Club


  • Tue, September 08, 2020
  • 8:15 AM
  • Sun, September 20, 2020
  • Bishop, CA


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UPDATE 9/8/20 - 2020 Eastern Sierras Escape is CANCELLED.

The combination of COVID, massive forest fires statewide, poor air quality, and National Forest closures have dealt the final blow for the tour for this year. We hope everyone puts the tour on their 2021 calendar now, as we will hopefully be done with all these calamities by then!

Please REGISTER for this tour if you plan to attend all or part. There is no limit on the number of participants, but it helps us plan and keep you informed. (click on REGISTER button on left side).

We recommend that participants make hotel reservations as early as possible once they decide to attend...

Address any questions to shumansteiner@gmail.com.

NOTE: We currently expect the Eastern Sierra Escape to be held as scheduled in September, but we will watch closely any restrictions on travel/accommodations due to the COVID 19 emergency. Contact leaders with any questions.

Eastern Sierra Escape 2020

September 8-20

Join friends from Western Wheelers (and ACTC) who will gather in Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and Lone Pine to explore riding in this great area of California. Most routes start in the wide open Owens Valley and climb to beautiful alpine meadows and forests with fabulous views. While the routes include some of the longest and steepest climbs anywhere in the world, there will also be shorter versions to allow those with less fitness/endurance to enjoy these treasures by starting above the valley floor. Note that while these climbs can be difficult due to extended stretches of climbing, there are few (if any) sections where the grade exceeds 10-12 percent. Most rides are “out-n-backs”, climbing during cooler morning hours from the valley up into the alpine forests then descending back to town during the heat of the day. E-bikes are welcome on this tour and ideal for the long climbs, but make sure you have a good understanding of your bike’s capabilities.

This is primarily a hotel/base camp trip. While there are campgrounds available, most participants stay in hotels. Afternoons in Owens Valley are often quite hot, so it is nice to come back to a hotel room and pool after your ride. Each person will make their own accommodation arrangements – recommendations are listed below. Trip members usually get together at a common location for an optional happy hour and group dinner each evening.

Over the 13 days of the trip there are 11 scheduled rides, with impromptu (or sometimes scheduled) group hikes on the 2 off days. Participants are always welcome to take a day off or do a different ride/hike than the one scheduled for that day. Some come for the whole adventure, but many participants join for just part of the trip, coming for 3-7 days. Note schedule changes from previous years.

There are no group fees for this trip. Your expenses will be only for your transportation, accommodations and meals. Happy hours are “pot luck”. Rides are unsupported - no SAG. Some days have lunch purchase options and water availability, while on others you must carry your food and water.

All rides will be listed on the WWBC online ride schedule. For most of the rides, there are three routes: LONG/ SHORT/EZ-START with a description, route sheet and GPS file for each. The EZ START route is for people who can grab a carpool to the start of the ride. The EZ START route follows the SHORT route, then adds on the fun descent back to town!

Please REGISTER if you plan to attend. While there is no problem changing your plans or canceling, this will give us a better idea of who is coming and what dates they will be there. WWBC or ACTC club membership is always encouraged, but is not a requirement.



WWBC - Guy Shuman  (650-704-0895) /Mindy Steiner (650-714-9616)


ACTC  -  Guy Neenan  


Please REGISTER for this tour if you plan to attend all or part. There is no limit on the number of participants, but it helps us plan and keep you informed. (click on REGISTER button on left side).



         (NOTE – Schedule has been modified from recent years!)



Hotel Location

Tues      9/8/20  

   Tioga Pass Option

Mammoth Lakes

   Lake Mary Warmup Option (2:30 pm)

Weds     9/9/20

   June Lake Out-n-Back

Mammoth Lakes

Thurs   9/10/20     

   Devils Postpile (+ Lake Mary Option)

Mammoth Lakes

Fri       9/11/20

   Rock Creek/Mosquito Flat

Bishop (Drive to start, then to Bishop after ride)

Sat       9/12/20

   South Lake & Lake Sabrina


Sun      9/13/20

   Relax or hike South/Sabrina Lake


Mon     9/14/20

   Bristlecone Pine Forest


Tues    9/15/20

   Pine Creek


Weds   9/16/20

   Glacier Lodge (+ Waucoba Option)                


Thurs   9/17/20

   Relax or hike at Glacier Lodge


Fri        9/18/20

   Onion Valley

Lone Pine (Drive to start, then to Lone Pine)

Sat       9/19/20

   Horseshoe Meadows

Lone Pine

Sun      9/20/20

   Whitney Portal

Lone Pine

Mon     9/21/20

   Alabama Hills / Movius Arch Hike

Optional morning hike before departure


Recommended Hotels

Mammoth Lakes   Arrive 9/8, depart 9/11 (check-out before riding)

Best Western High Sierra Hotel – Nice hotel with indoor pool/spa. Good breakfast included.

3228 Main Street,

Mammoth Lakes, California, 93546

Phone: 760-924-1234

Best Western High Sierra Hotel

CONDOS: Numerous condos are available through many sources. Recommended condo complex is Horizons 4 at Azimuth Drive & Meridian Blvd (nice outdoor pool/spa). 

https://www.airbnb.com/ or https://www.grandwelcome.com/

Bishop   Arrive 9/11 (check-in after riding), depart 9/18 (check-out before riding)

Holiday Inn Express – downtown across from Creekside Inn next to park. Indoor pool/spa. Good hot breakfast included.

636 N Main Street,

Bishop, California, 93514

Phone: 760-872-2423


Best Western – 1/4 mile north of downtown. Nice outdoor pool/spa. Moderate hot breakfast.

725 N Main Street,

Bishop, California, 93514

Phone: 760-873-3543


Creekside Inn – downtown/nicest hotel(good breakfast), but no bicycles allowed in rooms. They do have a small storage area (bike capacity not guaranteed) which must be opened by front desk staff. Nice outdoor pool/spa and outdoor lounge area.

725 N Main Street,

Bishop, California, 93514

Phone: 760-872-3044


Lone Pine   Arrive 9/18 (check-in after riding), depart 9/20 after ride (or 9/21 next day after morning hike)

Best Western Frontier Motel – Nice motel. Hot breakfast. Nice outdoor pool (no spa). Late checkout available for fee.

1008 S. Main St.

Lone Pine, CA 93545

(760) 876-5571

Best Western Frontier Motel

Whitney Portal Hostel

238 S. Main St.

Lone Pine, CA  93545

(760) 876-0030

Camping Options

Most people will be staying in motels for this tour, but camping is an option.

J Diamond Mobile Ranch and Campground

771 N Main St Bishop, CA 93514

(760) 872-7341

-Only a block away from the Creekside Inn


Diaz Lake Campground

5007 South Main Street

Lone Pine, CA 93545

(760) 876-4700


-located 3 miles south of Lone Pine on Hwy 395

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