Bridgeport Winter Trail System
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. This U.S. Forest Service trail-system is groomed and maintained by local volunteers.
Please download the Bridgeport Winter Trail Map .pdf (at bottom of page) for high resolution map and more details.
* For updates & information on Nordic Grooming in the Mammoth Lakes Trail System and Obsidian Dome, please visit: https://www.mammothtrails.org/trail-conditions/
Trail Last Groomed On:
The Bridgeport Winter Trail System was last groomed on 4/4/2023. Grooming is weather dependent and intermittent in exposed and thin areas. The system will benefit from additional snow, to lay Nordic Track.
This program is anticipated to continue as long as there is sufficient snow in the area and weather permitting.
Advisory: Press release from Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest concerning vehicle access on Buckeye Road:
Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 13, 2023 – Due to recent significant snow accumulations, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Bridgeport Ranger District is urging visitors not to drive on the Buckeye Road (Forest Service Road 32017). This road is groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter. It is not maintained for motorized vehicles. Anyone attempting to drive on the road may find themself stuck even if they have a high-clearance 4-drive vehicle or snow chains.
“The Bridgeport Ranger District’s recreation staff and law enforcement officers have come across several visitors who have attempted to drive on the Buckeye Road to the Buckeye Hot Springs, but became stranded,” said District Ranger Megan Mullowney. “Roadside assistance services may not cover towing costs, and off-road tow companies may not be able to access stranded vehicles until conditions allow.”
The Buckeye Road will continue to be impassible as the snow melts. Roads are often muddy and driving on soft and unstable road surfaces can cause long-term damage, while also increasing the risk of getting stuck. Causing damage to roads and other Forest resources can be a violation of federal regulations, which could carry a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
Please contact the Bridgeport Ranger District office at 760-932-7070 for more information about road conditions or to report resource damage.
Winter 2022/23 Operations & Etiquette:
* Grooming and plowing operations are weather dependent.
* Please respect TEMPORARY winter closures - NO WHEELED VEHICLES BEYOND CLOSURES
* Please park in staging areas identified on map DO NOT BLOCK ROADWAY - PROVIDE ACCESS FOR SNOW PLOWING AND EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS
* Camp Like a Pro! ESSRP.org/camping RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY - NO TRESPASSING
* Do not ride or walk in cross country ski tracks.
* Respect other trail users. Be courteous and yield right of way according to etiquette code. All users yield to grooming machines
* Over-Snow-Vehicles (OSV) yield to all other users. SPEED LIMIT IS 15 MPH
* FAT BIKES: Yield to other non-motorized users. Do not ride in soft conditions - If you leave a rut deeper than 2 inches, it’s too soft.
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