I met up last night with alpharoaming.com at Obsidian Campground and today we'll camp at Harkless Flat in the Inyo National Forest and explore some of the area.
These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!
When alpharoaming.com and I park at the "trailhead," it's close to 80 degrees, and feels hotter from the midday sun. 6 hiking miles with about 1200 feet of elevation gain.
Today, I want to join alpharoaming.com on his hike to a plane-crash site, but I also want to drive to Eureka Dunes. I choose the latter, but it's too hot there, so I drive to Papoose Flat, my next choice.
I'll mostly follow the old road, which might be easier to drive than to walk, but I really feel like walking today. Roughly 12 miles round-trip hiking.
It will reach the low 80s today, and my 14-mile round-trip hike above Papoose Flat could be longer had I brought more water in bottles that don't leak!
Driving out from my campsite at Papoose Flat is as enjoyable as arriving at my next campsite in the forest near Mono Lake.
I've hiked and driven parts of Granite Mountain Wilderness previously. Today I'll drive a few new back roads there, hike 6 miles, and enjoy a wildflower display on Highway 120 along the way.
... and a few roads in Inyo National Forest today as well. Beautiful country: out here you can have desert and pine forest in the same day.