OverviewInyo Mountains. It is easily accessible from the Cerro Gordo area. Cerro Gordo (Spanish for "Fat Hill") was a well known silver and zinc mining boom town in the 19th and early 20th century. Most of the town is a ghost town now with a few residents. The remains of the mining operation are still around and above the town site.
This is a short easy hike to a great viewpoint. To the west is the magnificient eastern scarp of the High Sierra. To the north the crest of the Inyo Range extends almost 40 miles to Waucoba Mountain. The northeastern view looks down on Saline Valley, Ubehebe Peak, and Racetrack Valley. Beyond these are the higher northern ranges of Death Valley National Park. Southeast is the Panamint and Argus Ranges and to the southwest is the vast panorama of Owens Lake topped off by hulking Olancha Peak which dominates the eastern scarp of the Southern Sierra.
Hardrockjohn has requested you please check in with Bob or John at the town site. Use the switchback road past the microwave towers. They will be happy to show you the way and tell you about the town.
The route takes the switchback road going up to the saddle between Cerro Gordo Peak and a radio facility peak just south of the town. Go northeast at the saddle and hike the south slope to the summit.
There are no permits or restrictions on Bureau of Land Management property.
There are numerous pullouts along the lower part of the Cerro Gordo road.
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Further reading on hiking desert peaksDesert Summits by Andy Zdon
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