2 miles
Distance
476 ft
Climb
-104 ft
Descent
01:30:15
Avg time

Sand Canyon Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Bishop
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #95300 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Inyo National Forest

Trail portion of the Sand Canyon Bike Route, consisting of a steep climb from Rock Creek Lake, followed by sandy meadows to the intersection with Sand Canyon Road.

For a description of the whole Sand Canyon Route:

Sand Canyon is a gem that often gets overlooked by the nearby Lower Rock Creek Trail. It's accessed from the stunning Rock Creek Lake. After a tough 500 climb over 1.3 miles, you reach the official USFS trailhead sign. This is some of the highest mountain bike riding in the Eastern Sierras. From here, its pretty much a bomber 4,000 descent with great views in every direction. Its mostly jeep road, and very sandy at times, with some creek crossings thrown in.

There are a couple tough climbs, but mostly its, down, down, down. It will definitely put a grin on your face. If youre in the mood to explore and climb more, you can take the Wheeler Crest Out and Back about 4 miles into the ride. You can also include the Swall Canyon Trail, Wagon Wheel Trail, and the above mentioned Lower Rock Creek Trail for an epic day in the saddle. The most popular way to do Sand Canyon is by shuttling it. However, hard-core riders can choose to do the Sand Canyon Loop, including the 4,000 pavement climb up to Rock Creek Lake.

Note: Much of this ride is very remote. Please be self-sufficient and carry plenty of water and nutrition as well as items to fix your bike in a jam. Weather frequently changes as well, so be ready for anything! Advanced descending skills are required. There are some technical rock gardens, steep climbing/hike-a-bike and sandy sections.

More Stats for Sand Canyon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    373 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,721 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,198 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,721 ft
  • Altitude end
    10,095 ft
  • Grade
    3.2%
  • Grade max
    -13%
  • Grade min
    40.8%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    4,245 ft
  • Distance flat
    331 ft
  • Avg time
    01:30:15
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Status:
on Aug 16, 2019
Dry
Avg: 2 (2 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
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  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
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      Sand Canyon Trail Reports

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      Aug 16, 2019 @ 5:33pm
      Aug 16, 2019
      Some sandy spots on the fire road down.
      Sep 16, 2018 @ 7:15pm
      Sep 16, 2018
      This is a great for shuttle riding. There’s lots of hike a bike sections all the way up to the top of the ridge.
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      • 14 miles avg distance
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Krystofandres (Aug 16, 2019 at 20:08)
       95% Fire road, great views but not for me or most people I reckon.
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