Field trip road log: big pine/white-inyo mountains/bristlecone pine forest, deep springs valley to fish lake valley.
This field trip starts at Big Pine, California and takes you through spectacular geology, the oldest trees in the world and even a view of a glacier. As you go east you will leave Owens Valley and ascend into the White-Inyo Mountains, the first mountain range encountered in the Basin and Range Province in this part of California. You will have the opportunity to view the sequence of Cambrian and Precambrian rocks exposed along State Route 168. Just before Westgard Pass you will head up White Mountain Road. The stop at Sierra View will provide a spectacular look at the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in the United States. The road log continues along White Mountain Road. You will then proceed to the Schulman Grove to view the Bristlecone Pine Forest which are the oldest trees in the World. Afterwards you will descend into the Deep Springs Valley to view the famous Poleta Folds. The road log continues east by crossing over Gilbert Summit and descending into Fish Lake Valley.