Manzanar Reward Road

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The Manzanar Reward Road is the main trail over to the legendary Reward Mine. Located near Lone Pine, CA, this mostly dirt track takes you through the famous Owens Valley, across the Owens River, through the abandoned airstrip of the historic Japanese internment camp Manzanar, and eventually across the valley towards the towering Inyo Mountains on the eastern side where the Reward Mine resides. Even though this trail is full of rich history and great fishing, people often remember the awe-inspiring views with Mount Whitney hovering over the western background. The trail is suitable for all offroad vehicles as the trail is mostly a graded dirt road.

When looking for dispersed camping, head to the east side of the trail near the Reward Mine; you will find spaces amongst the bushes for even the biggest groups. The campsites' area is primarily flat, with a mixture of dirt, sand, small rocks, and the occasional cement slabs from the old structures. Add in the stunning views in the background, and this area can easily make a memorable camping location.

Please note: Inyo County often has extreme fire restrictions; please call before planning an open fire when camping in this area.