Chidago Canyon Road

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Chidago Canyon Road travels through the Chidago Canyon Wilderness Area and the Inyo National Forest and offers possibly the best scenery in the area. The landscape is spectacular in every direction, from the drive-thru red rock slot canyon to the stunning views of the White Mountains to the east and The Sierra Nevadas to the west. On a clear day, you can even see Mount Whitney in the far distance to the southwest.

Depending on your start point, the road is a big climb or descent. The high point is towards the west. Either direction offers fantastic views. Just be sure to look behind you so you don't miss out. 

The road is washboarded toward the east end but mainly gravel with rocky spots. It is an easy trail to navigate, and any 2WD high-clearance vehicle can handle it.

The volcanic rocks that line the road are reddish from the area's minerals. As the trail gains elevation in the western section, the pine trees of the Inyo National Forest get more abundant.

Towards the west end of the trail, there is a turnoff to a really cool loop that takes you more into the forest area and has BLM camping areas. This is dispersed camping with no facilities and no charge to camp on BLM land for 14 days. 

Nearby great trails include Fish Slough Road and Casa Diablo Road.