Silver Canyon is a wonderful area through which a rugged dirt road crosses several streams, and proceeds to ascend roughly 6000 feet in a matter of a very few short miles. The sides of the canyon provide stunning examples of variations in geology, historic mining operations, and as was seen on my recent trip to the area, a flock of recently reintroduced wild bighorn sheep.
Getting There[img::alignleft:medium:Trees along the slopes near the Silver Canyon Road]Very simple - The road is marked on most maps of the area, including street-level detailed GPS maps, the 7.5 minute topographical maps, and on guide handouts from the White Mountain visitors center in Big Pine.
From the Route 6 turn-off in Bishop, CA, proceed to Laws (perhaps one mile or so) to the intersection of Silver Canyon Road. The road proceeds on a flat and straight course for a few miles, after which you will come to the first f what I believe to be about seven stream crossings. The crossings are lined mostly with smoth rounded stones, and in normal (late summer flow rate) conditions, are passable with no problem in a four-wheel drive vehicle proceeding at slow speeds.
From there, drive slowly and carefully straight up the sides of the canyon, being careful not to turn off onto the old mining roads on the side.
From the top of the road, it is one of the turnoffs from White Mountain Road heading downhill (west) to Bishop, between the Patriarch Grove and the Shulman Grove of ancient bristlecone pines.
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Topic: bishop silver canyon offroad