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Potato Peak

Potato Peak

Potato Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.23454°N / 119.08686°W

Object Title: Potato Peak

County: Mono

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 10236 ft / 3120 m


Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Dec 28, 2011 / Nov 17, 2014

Object ID: 767981

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Northeast from Potato Peak
East from Potato
Potato Peak is not much to look at and what it has to do with potatoes is an utter mystery. Maybe the folks who named it had potato salad for lunch on the summit.
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.

Getting There

High Sierra over Bridgeport Valley
Over Bridgeport Valley to the Twin Lakes Sierra from Potato Peak
From the junction of Hwy. 120 take Hwy 395 north 19 miles to Hwy. 270 and turn right. Go 12.5 miles to a paved side road before the town. Go left .4 miles to an unpaved road (passable to 2 wheel drive). Turn left along the northeast side of the small canyon up over a plateau then curving left to the Rough Creek gully at 4 miles. Park and hike up the wash 1 mile to the obvious peak to the west.

From Bridgeport go south 6.5 miles and turn left on Hwy. 270 and follow the directions above.

Red Tape

Southwest from Potato Peak
Eastern Sierra northwest of Mono Lake from Potato Peak
This is a day hike and no permits are required.
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.


Twin Lakes High Sierra
Twin Lakes Sierra from Potato Peak
Mt. Conness, 12,590  and North Peak, 12,242  from Potato Peak
Mt. Conness and North Peak from Potato Peak
There is no camping in Bodie but car camping out in the Bodie Hills shouldn't be a problem.

Current weather and 5 day forecast

Click here for the current weather and 5 day forecast for Bridgeport.

More on hiking desert peaks

Desert Summits by Andy Zdon is the book on hiking desert peaks in California and Southern Nevada.

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Isn't Potato Peak actually WSW of the parking area?
Posted Nov 17, 2014 1:38 pm
NoonduelerRe: Directions


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Thanks for pointing that out I made it west instead of east.
Posted Nov 17, 2014 11:58 pm
hightineraryRe: Directions


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Thanks for the page. I might pass through Bridgeport next year, and if I do I'll be in the market for a nice short hike like this.
Posted Nov 18, 2014 8:14 am

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Eastern Sierra from the Bodie HillsSouthwest from Potato PeakPotato Peak from the eastNortheast from Potato PeakPotato Peak, 10,236\'Mt. Conness, 12,590\' and North Peak, 12,242\' from Potato PeakMt. Conness, North Peak and Dunderberg Peak
Twin Lakes High SierraHwy 270 in the Bodie HillsHigh Sierra over Bridgeport Valley