June-September Eastern Sierra Transit offers a shuttle for $5 from Bishop to South Lake: https://www.estransit.com/routes-schedule/community-routes/bishop-creek-shuttle/
And they take bikes! There are several routes you could take back to Bishop, but this one makes for a good full day adventure, with the best singletrack, and still getting plenty of exercise.
Start out riding out of the trailhead, and onto Parchers. The rocks here are intense, and this is probably the hardest part of the ride. So you can skip it by riding down South Lake Road if you need to.
Left when you come out at the pack station, then right on what looks like a driveway for the cabins. Come out at Willow Campground, and push up the faint trail to the right to hit the Powerline Trail. This drops out steeply onto the road, then take your next right, to find some more faint singletrack. This puts you out on a dirt road, which you can take for a while, before getting to South Lake Road, which you take for a bit down to Habegger Lane.
Right on Habegger Lane (property owners here have been cool with bikes and hikers historically) and start the big climb. Gets steeper toward the top, and will likely require some pushing.
Once you start dropping down the other side, a left turn past some wooden road blocks puts you on a steep climb, and then drop you on some funner doubletrack. Turn left when you come out.
Right on 32E303, climb up, and keep an eye out for a left on 32E305. This road makes a left at an unmarked intersection to go through a pass, and then drops down, turning into singletrack through some aspens.
Turn right when you come out on the road, and look for a very faint trail off to the left. Take the Waganobe Trail all the way down. Once you come out of the trailhead, keep an eye out for a bit more fun, undesignated riding down below.
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Trails in Route
More Stats for South Lake Shuttle mountain bike route
Altitude change-5,590 ft
Altitude min4,241 ft
Altitude start9,831 ft
Altitude end4,241 ft
Distance climb7 miles
Distance down18 miles
Distance flat2 miles
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Jul 14, 2018 @ 8:53amJul 14, 2018
|The pack station fixed it up nice after the winter. Looking good after some rain.|