Eastern California Museum Trail

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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Eastern California Museum Trail


  • One trailhead begins at the parking lot of the Eastern California Museum.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • An info sign marks the way.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The museum's Native Plant Garden is a very short and interesting loop along the trail.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • Independence Creek crossing.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • At the trail's only fork, head right to parallel the creek. The left trail heads to Independence Creek Campground.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The trail follows a clearly marked, mostly flat course.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The trail offers wide views of the Sierra Nevada.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • Dehy Park is marked by an old railroad car from the Carson & Colorado Railway along Highway 395.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The Dehy Park trailhead is at a footbridge across Independence Creek at the back of the park.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • Dehy Park.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The Eastern California Museum has a variety of artifacts and displays.- Eastern California Museum Trail
  • The free museum is worth stopping into, though it will take several trips to get through everything on display in the museum.- Eastern California Museum Trail
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Scenic. Museum has plenty of interesting items.
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
3,975.00 ft (1,211.58 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Total elevation gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,975.00 ft (1,211.58 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Eastern California Museum Trail is a short, scenic walking trail that runs between the Eastern California Museum and Dehy Park in the town of Independence, California. The trail includes Dehy Park's family-friendly features, a short walking path through a native plant garden, wide views of the epic Eastern Sierra mountains to the west, and the Eastern California Museum.

The Eastern California Museum contains a wealth of displays relating to the area, including sections on the Owens River being diverted for the water to be used in the distant city of Los Angeles, a large Native American basket display, and artifacts from nearby Manzanar National Historic Site, along with containing a wealth of items of interest, such as a dress worn by Amelia Earhart and a set of dentures made from coyote teeth! Further information on the Eastern California Museum can be found here.

Dehy Park, located along Highway 395 near the north end of Independence, and it is marked by an old Carson & Colorado Railway car. The park is family-friendly with water, bathrooms, covered tables, grills, and a playground. The trail begins beyond a wooden pedestrian bridge crossing the creek near the back of the park.

With free parking at both the museum and the park, the trail can be started at either end. The path follows a mostly-flat dirt track lined with stones, with small bridge crossings of Independence Creek near either end of the trail. Museum admission is free, and is definitely worth a visit. The nearest major amenities are in the town of Bishop located 40 miles to the north. A gas station in Independence has basic groceries. Overall, the Eastern California Museum Trail is one of many interesting stops to make when passing along Highway 395, including the Cottonwood Creek Charcoal Kilns, the Olancha Dunes, the Olancha Sculpture Garden, and Manzanar National Historic Site.

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