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    Eastern Sierra - Mt.Patterson and Sweetwater Range

    Am considering another trip and curious if anyone has explored high country NW of Bridgeport, CA near Wheeler Peak and Mt.Patterson, ghost town of Belfort, Lobdell Lake?
    Extensive primitive road networks servicing old minning districts look inviting but cannot tell best avenue of approach to set up a base camp. Some of the riding would be over 11,000 ft so I want a base camp below the tree line to acclimate to the elevation, hopefully with water and shade.
    Anyone been near there?
    Recommendations for 10,000 ft + elevation jetting?
    Do I need reservations to stay here?22511187.jpg
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    I could get to and stay at Lobdell Lake 9,200 ft. 13299837.jpg

    But I would want to cross Mt.Petterson @ ~11,630ft 82866313.jpg
    In order to arrive at Belfort @ 10,200ft 112180295.jpg
    Roads sure look smooth and see little traffic. Snow might be an issue for another month. Mammoth Mtn, not too far away, still has their ski slopes open.
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    Looks very interesting. I only wonder about the lack of O2 to someone that lives at sea level. You live about 5000 feet? Going to 10 or 12 thousand shouldn't be that big a deal. Poor little TW is going to be huffing a puffing.
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    Just open the airbox up as you go higher. The other option is lean the crud out of it and run it with the choke partially on. When you start going higher push the choke in to lean it out more. Elime has a good point about the rider. I know if you are going to another altitude it is easier on you if you drive and not fly. Your body adjusts as you drive but if you fly it is instant elevation adjustment and shortness of breath.
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    Exerting myself solo at those elevations and at my age does have me a bit concerned since this is somewhat off the beaten path.
    I should trick Adam-in-Nevada into coming along. We could TW-packing camp gear in for the night at the 10,900 ft stone cabin. Or be safe and sane and ride from a camp by one of Bridgeport’s many hot springs around 7,000 ft. without fear of elevation related headaches, just makes for a long ride.65188633.jpg
    Betty Boop in her current state of tune has had no significant problems on mostly paved roads up to 10,100, not did I. But the road riding was not very demanding around Mt.Whitney and the Golden Lake Wilderness trailheads.
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    Looks like it would be fun.

    Belfort - California Ghost Town
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    Admiral, you just drove by that region.
    On your way back home could you look to the north beyond Bridgeport as you descend from the pass above Mono Lake and note how much snow remains on the upper peaks for me? This would be in the first major mtn range east of the towering Sierras to your west.

    Shucks, on your way back no need to waste an hour diverting to come visit me and Marisa. You’ve seen me before.
    Instead peek into the Alabama Hills @ Lone Pine, or drive the Whitney Portal road to 10,000 ft, or better yet drive to 10,000 ft out of Big Pine to see the impressive 4,000 year old Bristlecones.
    Love to see you two but shouldn’t you instead detour from Mono Lake up the Tioga Pass Road for an hour? When is the next time you will be in the neighborhood?
    Even if you only climb the 10 mile or so drive to the Park Boundary you will have a really memorable event, I’m not nearly that memorable.IMG_2780.JPGBesides you will then have excuse to return with the TWs some time. Aspens and Yosemite after the crowds in the Fall? lower-cathedral-lake-325w.jpg4953250096_10da0854ac_b.jpg
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    Here is a nice index to some of the regional ghost towns: Ghost Town Index
    Lots of new destinations. Some like Golden Gate and Mill Canyon are close and lower should the Sweetwaters be snowed in.
    Still would like to catch a moonrise atop Mt. Petterson. Upcoming full moon is Sunday July 9th. I like the name Thunder Moon but others call it the Buck Moon or Salmon Moon.MTQ5ODcxNzA5Mg==.jpeg
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    Sounds like fun. My buddy and I are firming up our dates for a similar ride in Idaho. Unload west of Stanley ride into the Seafoam Mine area then over Pinyon Peak to Loon Creek down to the Dredge over to Challis for supplies then back into the mountains up to Painted Rock State Park Montana all Dirt Roads and Trails. Planning for 3 nights on the trail.
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    Fred, I'd be interested in that ride during the full moon, keep me updated...
    Is this how you'd access the area?

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Brid...38.4185271!3e0
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