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Description - The Bridgeport Ranger District is situated within western Nevada border and into California. The area provides visitors to the area with beautiful forested wilderness area. There are many opportunities for a wide variety of recreation.

Attractions - Located within eastern Nevada and California, the Bridgeport Ranger District offers visitors to the area several wilderness areas, together with differing recreational opportunities. These include: Fishing and Hunting: Summer starts when fishing season opens. This is a popular thought among the hundreds of visitors that arrive in Bridgeport the last weekend in April to catch that first one of the season. Numerous lakes and streams provide many opportunities to test your skill and luck in fishing. Both California Fish and Game and Nevada Department of Wildlife stock many of the lakes and streams in the area, but we do not have a schedule of actual stocking times. The season closes the last Saturday in October for most of Mono County.

Hiking and Backpacking: The trails beginning in the Hoover Wilderness provide easy access to Yosemite's backcountry.

River Rafting: Bridgeport area has limited whitewater rafting and kayak opportunities are available on the West Walker River. The rafting season varies greatly from year to year depending on snowpack and spring weather. High water may occur anytime from May to July, or not at all. The West Walker is a class IV river and is not recommended for the novice rafter or kayaker.

Mountain Biking : What better way to enjoy the area than to travel by mountain bike and join one of the fastest growing recreational activities. Opportunities abound for mountain biking in and around this area.

Rock Climbing: Many rock climbing options can be found. Consult The Climbers Guide to the High Sierra by Steve Roper.

Nature: Bird watching, nature photography and a host of other outdoor activities are possible on the Bridgeport and Carson Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Recreation - Facilities in this region include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, scenic viewing, camping, nature study, river rafting, fishing, hunting, wilderness, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking, plus backpacking.

Climate - Typical low desert conditions, winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees and may reach 120 degrees. Summer temperatures do not vary widely from day to night.

Location - Bridgeport Ranger District sits on western Nevada and encroaches into California. The area is served by Highways 50, 80 and 95.

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Filed By: Tito (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Crowded as Yosemite. Hit trail to Pauly Lake early AM. Lost a shoe, two teeth and a handgun. Found out about bear cannisters when our foodbags were raided, destroying several days of home-dried delicacies. Hiked out in rain, toothless. I will never go back and encourage others not to, either. Hot springs were awful, stinkly, with worms floating in tepid, pee-stained pools.

Filed By: Lisa Brandt (Rancho Murieta, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband and I (in our late '50s) took the 'Yosemite loop' trip from Twin Lakes (near Bridgeport, CA) to Peeler Lake, Benson Lake, Smedberg Lake, upper Matterhorn Canyon, and back via Mule Pass and Crown Lake. We did this in six tough days, and I am told the fit young people can do it in five. We would recommend 6 1/2 days for the average person. This trip is awesome even to fairly jaded Sierra backpackers like ourselves. The granite in the Matterhorn peaks area is as good as in Yosemite Valley, and the terrain is very varied. The vertical is between 7,100 ft. and 10,600 ft. We found water to be a problem at this time of the year, but careful planning kept us out of trouble. Smaller creeks shown on the map, such as the westward outflow from Smedberg Lake, were often dry, but there were springs in the upper part of Matterhorn Canyon and all the way up Mule Pass that gave us water that did not need to be filtered. We saw no one except within a day's hike of Twin Lakes and a few people on the Pacific Crest Trail protion of the trip (between Smedberg Lake and Matterhorn Canyon). We camped all alone at Smedberg Lake, which is spectacular, and again in Matterhorn Canyon. I would be happy to e-mail details to anyone interested in this trip.

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Contact Information:
Bridgeport Ranger District, HCR 1 Box 1000 , Bridgeport, CA, 93517, Phone: 760-932-7070

Additional Information:
Lake Tahoe Region - Lake Tahoe lies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the California-Nevada state line. It is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the United States, offering almost endless recreation opportunities.
Reno-Tahoe Region - This incredible area offers the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe's crystalline waters, rolling forests of pine and fir, snow-covered mountains, an ancient sea turned into a desert lake, historic mining towns and much more.
South-Central Nevada - Often called the "Pioneer Territory", the area contains natural wonders from the Death Valley National Park to the Toiyabe and Monitor mountain ranges. The land is also dotted with the ruins of old mining towns.
Toiyabe National Forest - The Toiyabe National Forest is located mostly in Nevada, with a portion also in California. Sections of the Forest stretch from Lake Tahoe and Reno, south to the Las Vegas area.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Official U.S. Forest Service website


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