9:00 - 6.5 miles / 12 minutes - 9:12
Redinger Overlook gives visitors the opportunity to view the rugged San Joaquin River Gorge, carved by the San Joaquin River. A complex series of dams, penstocks, tunnels, flumes and powerhouses provides electricity to customers of Southern California. Billed as "the hardest working water in California," the river continues into the fertile San Juaquin Valley where crops that feed the world are grown.
9:22 - 8.5 miles / 17 minutes - 9:40
Jackass Rock is a rugged piece of granite that is used by rock climbers from around the world as a warm-up for the great walls of Yosemite Valley.
9:40 - 11.7 miles / 23 minutes - 10:03
Mile High Vista
Interpretive plaques, viewing platforms, picnic tables and restrooms are available at this stop. The panoramic view takes in the Sierra Nevada
crest, geologic features as Fuller Butes, Balloon Dome, Mammoth Pool
reservoir, Mammoth Mountain, the saw-toothed Minarets Range and
Eagle Beaks peak.
10:33 - 27.7 miles / 55 minutes - 11:28
Perches for predatory birds have been erected in this large meadow for bird watching from a boardwalk deck area.
11:48 - 4.4 miles / 8 minutes - 11:57
The Balls/Portuguese Overlook
Under the great glacier-carved granitic domes known as The Balls, Portuguese Overlook provides an expansive vista of Shuteye Ridge and Chiquito Basin all the way to the San
Joaquin River. A paved turnout with parking for cars and a bus provides safe access to this viewpoint, and interpretive signs identify major geographic features.
12:07 - 1.3 miles / 2 minutes - 12:10
Sitting on its base, Globe Rock looks as if it could fall at any moment. However, decades of weather, earthquakes and humans have not moved this rock. One historic photo suggests that Teddy Roosevelt may have visited this site. The beauty of colors and surrounding rock makes this truly a special, scenic place. Indian grinding holes are nearby, indicating that native Americans stayed nearby and may have also revered Globe Rock as a special place.
12:25 - 26.0 miles / 51 minutes - 13:17
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway - end