Birding Hotspots: Birchim Canyon
Riparian area very good for migrants and vagrants. Pine Cr. and Rock Cr. join just E. of US 395, then flow through this short, narrow canyon to the confluence with the Owens River near a DWP power plant. Look for Canyon Wrens on the rocky north canyon wall.
Going north out of Bishop (12 mi from the "Y" - junction of US 395 and US 6; 1.7 mi north of Pine Cr. Rd.) the canyon is seen on the east side of the highway. There is room to park off the northbound lanes; move well off of the roadway on the right side. Access is through a barbed wire fence. Alternatively, travel on 0.4 mi to the Gorge Rd. and drive to the Power Plant, where there is room to park. As you drive down the steep grade to the Plant, you can look straight down to the right into Birchim Canyon. From the parking area, walk through the open gate (south) into the employee housing area and head west. A dirt road - not accessible to private cars - runs the length of the canyon, a distance of about 1 mile.
(DeLorme No. CA map, p. 123, A5.)