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BRIDGEPORT and ENVIRONS

Bridgeport, California is the county seat for Mono County.  The town is located along Rt. 395 about 20 miles north of Mono Lake.   It lies in a broad valley at 6,400 ft. altitude.  To the southwest there is the rugged Sawtooth Ridge along the main crest of the Sierra Nevada.  Matterhorn Peak (12,264 ft.) is one of its prominent features.   To the north there are the usually snow covered Sweetwater Mountains.   Fourteen miles north is the beginning of Rt. 108.  This road crosses the Carson Pass (9,625 ft.) on its way to Sonora and California's central valley.   Bridgeport Valley is notable for its lush grazing land, and tremendous numbers of cattle.   

                                      BRIDGEPORT COURTHOUSE  (Built in 1880, and the second oldest in use in California)

 

 

BURRO PASS TRAIL

 

A few miles north of Mono Lake, Rt 395 climbs nearly 2,000 ft. to Conway Summit (8,138 ft.).  Here at the summit, a road branches westward to the Virginia Lakes and the trailhead for hiking to Burro Pass (11,080 ft.).  The trail passes Blue Lake, Cooney Lake, and the Frog Lakes on its way to the pass.  At the pass one can look down on the Hoover Lakes and Summit Lake (10,183 ft.).  These are reached most directly by the trail from Green Lakes Creek and Green Lake.  The Burro Pass trail continues down to Summit Lake.  From there a trail goes west into Yosemite National Park. 

 

CLICK THE PHOTO TO VIEW SCENES ALONG THE TRAIL