Centennial Canyon drains the north end of the Coso Range, east of Lone Pine. The range is high and dry and is an interesting place to hike. Great views of the Sierra, Joshua Trees, and petroglyphs are some of the attractions. We are setting this up as a day hike but folks might want to come prepared to camp near the trailhead, spending parts of two or more days exploring the area, and perhaps nearby Malpais Mesa Wilderness.
According to Topo Software, the hike is a minimum of four miles round trip (if we go to the petros and return, and six miles if we do the loop). There's 1,000' of elevation gain on the out-and-back scenario, 1,300' on the loop scenario. We can play which we go by ear. The walking is primarily in a sandy wash with a few points where you'll need to use a hand for balance.
For those coming from Bishop: Sunday, March 17, 7am in Bishop
Meet in Bishop at 7am at the FOI office (819 North Barlow) or Lone Pine at 8:15 at the interagency visitor center (Highways 395 and 136 south of town),
meet at the intersection of 190 and 136, east of Keeler by a few miles, at 8:45 am. Bring food, water, and clothing for the day.
Please contact the office via phone or e mail to sign up. It really helps us if you sign up in advance.