longish - five, maybe six hours, depending - but not desolate, at least in my opinion. stare off to your left not long after mojave and view the snowcapped eastern sierra. take a peek at mt. whitney. witness all those bc lines.
then you're there.
then you're skiing.
then it's worth it, plus some.Driving tips:
The towns of Independence, Lone Pine and Bishop all have very active radar enforcement. DO NOT go more than 5 miles per hour above the posted speed limit in these areas unles you have a good
detector or like going to traffic school and paying fines. The CHP also has radar and patrols these areas: Most of 14 from LA to Mojave; Little Lake to Olancha/Cartago; Independence to Big Pine; and around Tom's Place. Mammoth Lakes sheriffs also use radar.http://www.mammoth-mtn.com/plan/getting_here/