There are a few routes that cross the Inyo mountains into Nevada, my next destination. In order to get over this mountain range, one needs to keep the weather in mind. I dutifully called the ranger station of the Inyo National forest who told me CA-168 was clear.
I wanted to take this route anyway to go visit the Ancient Bristle Cone Forest, home of the oldest trees alive on earth (4600 yrs+). However, the forest closes for the winter, so I was unable to hug these ancient friends…I did stop at Cedar Flat — a high altitude flat filled with Junipers on the way into the bristlecone pine forest. Back in the day, junipers were called cedars, hence the name. The scenery of CA 168 is exasperating. Vista after vista of contrasting landscapes — snow meets the desert. There was a 90 mile period where I passed about 4 cars — not a good place to run out of gas, or have any mishap for that matter. In total, it took me 5.5 hrs to reach Las Vegas including many stop-offs and various delays. I felt very fortunate to have passed this road less-traveled