Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

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!

After leaving Obsidian Campground, I cross Hwy 395 and start the drive up Bircham Flat Road

5695-mount-patterson.jpg I drive away from Obsidian Campground Thumbnails I turn up Lobdell lake Road, and views over to the Sierras improve I drive away from Obsidian Campground Thumbnails I turn up Lobdell lake Road, and views over to the Sierras improve I drive away from Obsidian Campground Thumbnails I turn up Lobdell lake Road, and views over to the Sierras improve I drive away from Obsidian Campground Thumbnails I turn up Lobdell lake Road, and views over to the Sierras improve I drive away from Obsidian Campground Thumbnails I turn up Lobdell lake Road, and views over to the Sierras improve

I start gaining elevation. This road is washboarded in places, but still a fairly fast drive, for a dirt road.