Owens River Gorge, California
The Owens River Gorge is just northwest of Bishop off of highway 395. Most of the gorge is inaccessible by car but here is one service road for a small operating hydro-electric plant that goes down into the canyon (Gorge Road). This road is gated and closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians and bicyclists. There is a small gravel area near the rim of the gorge where you can park. The entire gorge, like much of the Owens River valley is owned by the Los Angles Department of Water and Power. The 1.6 mile paved road to the hydro plant (from the gate) drops 500 or so feet along the steep sides of the gorge to the level of the Owens River. Along the way to the operating hydro-electric plant the road passes the ruins of the abandoned Adams main hydro-electric plant. A little over a half mile beyond the operating hydro plant on a gravel section of road are the ruins of the Adams auxiliary hydro electric plant. It's a very pretty and interesting place to take a couple of hours hike.