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DH63 (Non Feature DH)
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45.6 mi / 73.4 km

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At a Glance
If youíre particular about curves, this may not be your ride. But if you just want to get away from it all while staying on decent asphalt, the badlands east of the Sierra Nevada are a good place to be. Fortunately, the eastern-most leg of Hwy 120 offers enough scenic variety and drifting sweepers to make it more than just a place to hide from traffic. From its junction with Hwy 395 south of Lee Vining, this remote DH starts out straight across the Pumice Valley toward the south shore of Mono Lake. Then it rounds the ancient Mono Cones and angles southwest on a climb through rock, sand, sage and pine forest to the Sagehorn Summit. The lee side of the summit is mostly flat desert-scape, but presents bizarre rock formations, lingering views of the White Mtns to the east and even a couple of twisty sections. The only development on this hot and sweaty ride is the surviving ghost town of Benton Hot Springs where you can strip off your leathers and soak in an outdoor, spring-fed wooden tub before carrying on. Didnít bring your bathing suit? Donít worry. Out here, theyíre not too particular, either.
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