Spend the day climbing up to high mountain flats with stunning views of the surrounding area. There are camping options available, which will give you time to explore old mines and beautiful fishing lakes, and hike part of the King River Hiking Trail into John Muir Wilderness where you can reach Baker Lake. Green-sticker vehicles will find lots of fun trails and side-roads to explore. There is great fishing along this ride, so remember your license.
Most of the mining in the area was done during WWII when tungsten was in demand. A.H. Peterson built the road to Coyote Flat in 1940 to access his mining claims and mill site. The Schober Mine was discovered by Harold Schober in 1940 and was profitable for several years.
From Bishop, take Barlow Lane south from 395 or Schober Lane west from Main Street (also 395, see our map). Head west on Underwood 0.9 miles and turn left on Coyote Valley Road, which immediately changes to dirt. Follow Coyote Valley Road to right before substation and continue west another 3.7 miles to 2-panel forest sign.