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Address: US 395, Little Lake, CA

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Great Side Trip

Unexpected natural wonder. Right between the large red cinder cone and Little Lake is Cinder Road that is just a short but dusty drive to Fossil Falls. If you are planning to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2016
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Calabasas, California
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Calabasas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Unexpected natural wonder. Right between the large red cinder cone and Little Lake is Cinder Road that is just a short but dusty drive to Fossil Falls. If you are planning to climb around on the rocks at all, be sure to bring shoes with gripping soles because the rocks are slippery!

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

A friend told us to stop here on our drive from Mammoth back to LA. It is about 40 miles south of Lone Pine. Watch for the one sign off 395. This is a great place to walk or climb around. The black rocks are amazing. When this river was flowing, this would have been quite a waterfall. Trails, restroom,... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

If you're on 395 and see the sign for Fossil Falls, it's worth making the turn. There is no fee for Fossil Falls, and you can see everything in a short amount of time. If you feel like exploring, there is plenty to keep you occupied. The (dry) Falls are just a short, quarter mile hike from the parking lot.... More 

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

we travelled about an hour return from where we were staying to visit this place. The rock formations are nice and it has good toilet facilities with good marked paths but if its out of your way then it can be easily missed

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Grew up near Fossil Falls and have visited it many times. This time around while exploring the falls we found a very cool lava tube.

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Redlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Fossil Falls is right off Hwy 395 as you head toward Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierras. It is a wonderful diversion for 30 minutes or an hour or so. A short hike takes you you to the falls where a curving path leads through the basaltic rock down what would be a waterfall in a flash flood. Throughout the... More 

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Aloha, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The landscape here is so hard to describe, and yet so fundamentally breathtaking. For most of the year, there is little to no water in these falls, which makes the water-carved canyon easy to observe, At the top of the falls, the rocks are pitted with baseballl to soccerball sized shallow 'bowls'. Best time to go would be early morning... More 

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Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had read about this place and talked to a friend about it, so when I was driving up 395 and saw the cutoff, off we went! A relatively short drive down a mildly rough dirt road to a parking area with picnic tables and bathrooms. Then a short hike across the desert through a lava flow and there you are.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Stopped here after the long drive, and dangerous- people are nutty from the heat and drive this stretch of road like lunatics like passing on double sold lines on a hill! Seriously like life much??! The rock around the dry falls is black, pocketed and sculpted and makes for wonderful photos. Be careful of getting too near the drop-off! The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

I took my daughters to the falls. It's just a short walk to get to where the falls once where. They had a great time learning about what glaciers and water can do to volcanic rock.

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