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Tungsten Hills

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ADA Accessibility Notes

This area is undeveloped. It is accessable by vehicle, though there are no ADA qualified paths. Some spots are right next to the trail so they can be experienced. I would not recommend coming here alone if you're physically challenged.

Tungsten Hills is an area just NW of Bishop, CA. It was the site of a major Tungsten mining operation until the late 1940's. It has numerous mines and an open pit.

Some of the semi-precious minerals seen in the boundaries of the ore bearing rocks are red garnet and epidote. Quartz crystals are also found.

The area is surrounded by natural beauty and high desert flora and fauna. Sage and some hardy grass along with chukar, mountain lion, jack rabbits, bear, snakes, a version of field mouse similar to the kangaroo-rat and coyote. Raven, sea-gulls and various birds of prey.

The view of the Eastern Sierra is one that has to be experienced. Plus you can see the White Mountains just to the east. The area is in a natural bowl with mountains rising on three sides.

There are no services or facilities. Bring water, food and warm clothing. The nights can get chilly. Cell phone service is very spotty.

Pet Friendly Notes

This is a wilderness area. Pets are welcome. Pick up after them.

Be advised that there are large predators in the area. Keep your pets on a leash for their safety.

Recreational Opportunities

Rock-hounding, fishing, rock climbing, back-packing, horse trails, photography, art, meditation, dirt biking, and four-wheeling.


Seasons Accessible

Available most seasons. Winter can be a problem with snow in some sections.

The area can be driven to in cars though during winter I'd recommend using a four-wheel drive.


No fees. It's on BLM land.

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