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No. 27 Bodie Mountain (10,168') California

This guide is based on a Sage article by Bob Michael.

Topo Map: Bodie 7½
Coordinates: Lat 38 13 38 Lon 119 04 09
Trip Stats: unknown


From the visitors parking lot (fee) at Bodie, drive a little over two miles up the good dirt road that starts theret. Park in a flat area at 9020' where a jeep track takes off to the SW.


Our route traversed rolling wide-open gray-green sagebrush country. The road encounters a fence at 9,400', and the route turns steeply uphill to the WNW, still following eroded jeep ruts up the mountainside. Where the track levels off at 9950' on the south side of Bodie Mountain, cut up to the summit.


As 10,000' peaks go, it's rather unimpressive. However, it does command a fabulous view of the northern Sierra crest from Bishop to Sonora Pass. To the south, Glass Mountain rises past the white-rimmed blueness of Mono Lake. To the north was the gentle dome of the Sweetwater Range, home of Mount Patterson; to their east was Nevada's impressive Wassuk Range and 11,239' Mount Grant. Bodie and its minepocked hills are far below.

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