The photo to the left shows a view from high up on the Horseshoe Meadows Road. Looking to the southeast, as shown here, you can see a good size portion of the Owens Valley, and the Panamint Range (that runs for 100 miles from north to south) far off in the distance.
Horseshoe Meadows Road takes you from an elevation of 3,700 feet in the little town of Lone Pine to 10,000 feet at the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead. Make sure your vehicle is up to the job of climbing to the top of this steep road, and that your brakes are in top condition for the descent. The drop off in places along the road are incredible, so keep you eyes on the road and avoid distractions.
The Horseshoe Meadow Road is a super example of engineering. It was constructed for a proposed Disney ski area when the Wilderness Act of 1964 was passed. The proposed ski area ended up not being pursued, and the road that was left in place has been a real blessing for all of us who have and continue to use it to access this beautiful area of the Sierra Nevada. Another interesting point of interest along the Horseshoe Meadows Road is Walt's Point. It is near the top of the road, and it is a spectacular jump off point for those brave souls out there who love to Hang Glide. The Hang Glider's usually congregate in the morning (when air currents are rising up the Sierra slopes) and take off for a spectacular flight into the Owens Valley. If you take the time to get out of your car at Walt's Point, you will see a memorial plaque that is dedicated to the man who lost his life in a bulldozer accident while building the road.