Let's start this trip with a recon visit to Harkless Flat and then spend a few days exploring Papoose Flat and area—with alpharoaming.com the first days. I'll visit Granite Mountain Wilderness again too.

Day 1: Harkless Flat recon, Inyo National Forest

Day 1: Harkless Flat recon, Inyo National Forest

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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.

Day 2: Let's hike the west end of Marble Canyon today

Day 2: Let's hike the west end of Marble Canyon today

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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.

Day 3: Say, let's drive to Eureka Dunes, then Papoose Flat

Day 3: Say, let's drive to Eureka Dunes, then Papoose Flat

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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.

Day 4: I'll walk across Papoose Flat over to Squaw Flat today

Day 4: I'll walk across Papoose Flat over to Squaw Flat today

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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.

Day 5: The ridge between Badger Flat and Papoose Flat is perfect for hiking

Day 5: The ridge between Badger Flat and Papoose Flat is perfect for hiking

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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!

Day 6: Drive to the other end of Inyo National Forest

Day 6: Drive to the other end of Inyo National Forest

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Driving out from my campsite at Papoose Flat is as enjoyable as arriving at my next campsite in the forest near Mono Lake.

Day 7: I'll explore a bit more of the Granite Mountain Wilderness today

Day 7: I'll explore a bit more of the Granite Mountain Wilderness today

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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.

Day 8: The FJ wants to drive more around Granite Mountain Wilderness

Day 8: The FJ wants to drive more around Granite Mountain Wilderness

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... 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.