It's the highest point in the Bodie Hills. This is a small volcanic sage brush desert range a few miles north of Mono Lake and east of Bridgeport Valley and the northern Sierra.
The Bodie Hills are best known for the famous ghost town of Bodie the centerpiece of Bodie State Historical Park. This is considered one of the best preserved ghost towns in the country. It was a gold mining boom town in the late 1800s largely destroyed by a fire in 1932 by which time it was already abandon.
Potato Peak is a short half day hike with sweeping views over Bridgeport Valley to the crest of the Eastern Sierra, south to the Mono Basin and east to the Wassuk Range in Nevada.
If you're into collecting peaks you mize well tag Bodie Mountain (10,168') which is only a mile southeast across a saddle.
If anyone does or has done Bodie Mountain and has some pics we could make this a dual peak page and share it.
From Bridgeport go south 6.5 miles and turn left on Hwy. 270 and follow the directions above.
Bodie is open year round but only accessible by skis snowshoes and snowmobiles in winter.
For a full list of details go to Bodie SHP.
Current weather and 5 day forecastClick here for the current weather and 5 day forecast for Bridgeport.
More on hiking desert peaksDesert Summits by Andy Zdon is the book on hiking desert peaks in California and Southern Nevada.
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