Tuttle Creek
(Granite View Dr, Olivas Ranch Rd)

Revised 11 Jun 2012 - please send updates to the webmaster

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north prev in Eastern Sierra: Whitney Area (Whitney Portal, Meysan Lake)
south next in Eastern Sierra: Horseshoe Meadow and Cottonwood Creek (Mulkey Pass, New Army Pass, etc.)
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View the waypoint file (above) for GPS Routes OLIVAS RANCH RD, GRANITE VIEW DR,
and HWY 395 BIG PINE TO LONE PINE.

WARNING: Bears are very active at Whitney Portal, just a short distance away.


Olivas Ranch Road (much better than Granite View Drive) - scroll down for maps

NOTE: This is not the road Secor suggests to reach the southeastern side of Lone Pine Peak, but it's better road and it avoids a nasty crossing of Tuttle Creek. Both 2WD and 4WD parking areas are at the same altitude as those on the other side of the creek.

Take the Whitney Portal Road west from the center of Lone Pine (waypoint LONPIN). About 3 miles from Lone Pine continue straight (west) past Horseshoe Meadows Road (waypoint HORSEJ). About 5.5 miles from Lone Pine, turn left (south) at the dirt Olivas Ranch Road (waypoint ORRJCT, with a small green road sign). This is a great dirt road until you go past the ranch. Almost 7 miles from Lone Pine you turn left (east) at an unmarked junction with the ranch driveway (waypoint ORANCH). About a quarter mile further you turn right (south again) at an intersection with a 4WD road (waypoint ORRALT, an alternate route back to Whitney Portal Road).

Continue south to the base of the mountain, where you turn west to parallel Tuttle Creek (waypoint ORRTUT, at 6350', about 8.5 miles from Lone Pine). This is as far as passenger cars can go, and there is a very wide section of road for parking. Around the corner the road soon requires high clearance 4WDs... but if you have the right vehicle you can drive another 3/4 mile to the road's end at 6950' (waypoint OLIVAS, a small sandy turnaround with some wooden posts marking the end of the road but no trailhead sign).


Granite View Drive (much worse than Olivas Ranch Road) - scroll down for maps

NOTE: This is the road Secor suggests to reach the southeastern side of Lone Pine Peak, but it's worse road and it requires a nasty crossing of Tuttle Creek - use Olivas Ranch Road instead. Both 2WD and 4WD parking areas are at the same altitude as those on the other side of the creek.

Take the Whitney Portal Road west from the center of Lone Pine (waypoint LONPIN). About 3 miles from Lone Pine turn left (south) on Horseshoe Meadows Road (waypoint HORSEJ). About 5 miles from Lone Pine, turn right (west) at a 4-way intersection in a corner. The dirt Granite View Drive (waypoint GVDJCT, with a small green road sign) goes up the hill and passes very close to a house. Just after that house you bear right at an unmarked intersection (waypoint GVDPR1 about 7.5 miles from Lone Pine), because going straight takes you past a private land sign and into a subdivision. Head west up the hill, past the other intersection with the private road (waypoint GVDPR2) until you are close to Tuttle Creek. Passenger cars will have to stop at waypoint GVDTUT, at 6400', just over 9 miles from Lone Pine. Beyond the small parking area here the road requires high clearance 4WD... but if you have the right vehicle you can drive another 3/4 mile to the road's end at 6950' (waypoint GRANIT, a large turnaround loop with a very small trailhead sign).


Tuttle Creek Approaches (scroll down for trailhead topo)


Tuttle Creek Trailheads (scroll up for trailhead approaches)


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