BISHOP - PLEASANT VALLEY LOOP
The Pleasant Valley Loop is a great alternative to the standard Round Valley out and back. This loop can be done in either direction and the amount of climbing is about the same both directions.
Our favorite part of this ride is the handful of miles on the single lane road that runs next to the Pleasant Valley Reservoir. No cars but seasonally there are lots of people out fishing or walking their dogs - so take it slow and give people space. The road quality in that section is not so great and there are always rocks on the road but it is a great little warm-up or cool-down section.
Distance = 18.8 miles
Elevation Gain = 836 feet
Road Quality = generally good
Bike Lane / Shoulder Size = not really
Amount of Traffic = minimal
Ride with GPS Link = ride info >>
Start Location = Millpond Recreation Area
End Location = Millpond Recreation Area
Parking = plentiful
Bathrooms = at start and at Gorge Transfer Station
Water = Gorge Transfer Station + Round Valley Elementary
LINK-UPS + NEARBY RIDES
This is a great ride to link into other rides in the Bishop area. Couple of examples of what you could do:
- Round Valley to Pine Creek or Lower Rock Creek to Pleasant Valley back to Millpond - great ride and creates more of a loop feel.
- One of our personal favorites is to do this loop into Gorge Road so you technically climb ALL of Gorge Road from start to end.