The Bridgeport Ranger District of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest launched the Bridgeport Winter Trail System pilot-program for the Winter 2021/22 season. This 4.25 mile (8.5 mile out & back) groomed winter trail provides an excellent opportunity to kick and glide with access to Buckeye Hot Springs Day-Use Area and incredible views of the Bridgeport Valley, Bridgeport Reservoir, and the Hunewill Hills.
Grooming began on January 12, 2022 and will continue through April 1, 2022 while there is sufficient snow-depth for grooming operations to continue. Portions of Buckeye and Buckeye Creek roads will seasonally close to motorized wheeled vehicles to protect road/resources and provide opportunities for winter sports activities including Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, winter fat biking, and Over Snow Vehicles (OSV). Please abide by trail-system etiquette, be respectful of other trail users, and kindly care for the environment by packing out all waste (including pet waste).
The Bridgeport Winter Trail System pilot program is expected to be in effect from January through April of 2022. Please respect temporary road closures to wheeled vehicles, as vehicles not designed specifically for over-snow travel routinely get stuck on this portion of road when it receives adequate snow-depth as it has this season. Bridgeport residents and visitors are hopeful for February showers to replenish the system at this time for weekly grooming to recommence. Buckeye Hot Springs Day-Use Area and Buckeye Campground restrooms are maintained by volunteers weather permitting and staging area(s) are provided on the south portion of Buckeye Road, near Doc & Al’s Resort.
This pilot-program was made possible through partnership with Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Mono County and trail grooming is provided at no cost to trail-system users by local volunteers.
For grooming updates and more information please visit: https://monocounty.ca.gov/…/bridgeport-winter-trail-system
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Press Release: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD987054
Photo Credit: Nathan Bech, Wilderness and Trails Manager, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.