Bodie Ghost Town

Lee Vining, California 93541

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town Professional Review and Guide

"Most tourists reach Bodie Ghost Town (Bodie State Historic Park) via paved Highway 270. The trip described here is a more interesting backcountry route starting north of Bridgeport. On the way you’ll see great views, structures at the Chemung Mine and the historic site of Masonic. Any high clearance SUV can make it in dry weather."

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"The well-preserved ghost town of Bodie, now a state park, attracts many visitors each year. Most visitors use the paved county road from Bridgeport. For those with a little more time and a high-clearance vehicle, there is an alternate route that passes Bodie at its midpoint. The trail leaves California 182 along Aurora Canyon Road, which is marked with a street sign. For the first 0.6 miles, the trail travels through private property and passes a few houses. It swings left in front of the Bridgeport Cemetery and continues past the final few houses before entering BLM land. Once on public land, the trail becomes a roughly graded, narrow dirt road and winds along a rocky, sagebrush-covered landscape to enter Aurora Canyon. The rough-walled canyon is not deep, but it is very pretty. Special Attractions: Extensive remains of Bodie ghost town; Travertine Hot Springs; Scenic Aurora and Cottonwood Canyons; Views of Mono Lake, Paoha Island, and Negit Island. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

"This beautiful high-desert drive takes you into the rolling Bodie Hills, which provide sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada and the Sweetwater mountains to the west. It will take you through a historic mining district that includes the ghost towns of Masonic and, most notably, Bodie, California’s best-preserved ghost town."

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7/10/2010
Easy, beautiful alternative approach to Bodie. Be careful around the mines but go exploring. There are great discoveries to be made just off the trail at the mines. Be careful around the old structures away from Bodie as they are in precarious condition. Note that 1.2 mile trail to Masonic mountain is now blocked after about 300 yards by a fence.
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6/18/2010
Great views with a new view around every corner. 2 snow drifts avoidance paths off-road, and a water crossing would have prevented a low clearance vehicle from making it. A bone-stock Suzuki Samurai has no trouble with it though.
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Trail Information

Lee Vining
Nearby City
28
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
ATVs and dirt bikes
Vehicles
Easy
Difficulty
Allow 3 hours
Duration
Toiyabe National Forest
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Sep 2018