Points of Interest

Arch Rock: This unique granite arch is the result of wind and rain erosion. Take a short walk from the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway for a rewarding close-up view.

Dinkey Creek Historic Bridge: is a redwood, bowstring arch truss bridge, which may be the only one of its kind in California. It was among the first bridges in America to utilize steel, split-ring timber-connecting devices; a design that gave wood bridges strength to carry heavy loads. This bridge was built in 1938 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Fresno Dome: Hiking to the top of this prominent granite dome offers dramatic views of the surrounding National Forest. Be sure to take plenty of drinking water, wear hiking boots and bring a Sierra National Forest map to help identify the many lakes and peaks that can be seen from the top. 

McKinley Grove: A paved, accessible interpretive trail winds through the grove of ancient and towering giant sequoia trees along the McKinley Grove Road. The views of these magnificent trees are spectacular. Picnic facilities and accessible toilets are available.  

Mile High Vista: Mile High Vista offers sweeping views of three wilderness areas and the Sierra Crest, including Mt. Ritter, the Minarets, Balloon Dome, Mammoth Pool reservoir and Fuller Buttes. This is just one of the spectacular stops along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway.

Mono Hot Springs: Several natural hot springs are located across the creek from the Mono Hot Springs campground, set in the forest’s rugged, majestic high country.

Nelder Grove: This giant sequoia grove is located in the center of its natural geographic range. There are 1006 mature giant sequoias intermingled with second growth pine, fir and incense cedar. The Nelder Grove campground area features historical logging displays. The one-mile, self-guided Shadow of the Giants National Recreation Trail tells of the sequoia ecology as you travel along Nelder Creek

Way-of-The-Mono Interpretive Trail: This self-guided trail is located along the south shore of Bass Lake. The 3/4-mile trail follows a day in the life of the first inhabitants of the area, the Mono. The trail also offers a great vista point of the lake basin.

White Bark Vista: Located along a rough, one-mile long dirt road off Kaiser Pass Road, White Bark Vista features spectacular views of the Sierra Crest, Florence and Edison Lakes. While the access road is suitable only for high clearance vehicles, those traveling in passenger cars or vans may park near the beginning of the road and take a pleasant two-mile round-trip hike to the vista