Cerro Gordo ride combines the thrills of dual sport adventure and the opportunity to explore one of the most unique and remote ghost towns from the Wild West.
Get ready for adventure! Your three day, two night adventure ride begins in the California Gold Country and ventures over the highest mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada. Your adventure over Tioga Pass travels through the heart of Yosemite which offers world class alpine scenery of granite domes a majestic peaks.
Your off-road adventure begins a short distance beyond Tioga Pass Summit to an alpine lake nestle between granite peaks in all directions. This scenic alpine lake will offer you the opportunity for short break and a bite to eat so, pack you favorite trail side lunch. After lunch, your adventure ride travels down the eastern side of Tioga Pass to the ancient Mono Lake Basin.
From Mono Lake your journey travels south along the base of the Great Eastern Escarpment which offers spectacular views of the Ritter Range and the jagged spires of the Minarets. Your two night stay will be in the resort town of Bishop which is located near the northern end of the Owens Valley.
Your second day adventure ride travels south through the Owens Valley which offers panoramic views of towering granite peaks over fourteen thousand feet. Your off-road adventure begins in the Alabama Hills which are a range of hills and rock formations at the base of Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Sierra Nevada as well as the highest summit in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet.
Your adventure travels east of Mt. Whitney to the east side of the Owens dry lake bed. From the dry lake bed, your off-road adventure begins as you explore into the high and vast desert range known as the Inyo Mountains. You will have the opportunity to travel the historic Cerro Gordo wagon road which is well graded, but surprisingly steep. This historic route ventures up a narrow notch canyon then traverses across a series of switchbacks through an isolated and pristine desert wilderness dotted with small groves of Joshua trees. As you climb higher into this remote desert range you will be reward with panoramic views of the Owen Valley and Eastern Sierra. After climbing nearly a mile above the dry lake bed and rounding the last switchback, a picturesque sight of the unique and remote ghost towns comes into view.
You will have the opportunity to explore the abandoned buildings and silver mines of Cerro Gordo. You will also have the opportunity to walk inside the historic American Hotel which was one of the rowdiest saloons in the Wild West.
Your third day adventure ride travels north along the Eastern Sierra then ventures over the scenic Sonora Pass which is the second highest pass in the Sierra Nevada.
Cerro Gordo ghost town is located on the western slope of the Inyo Mountains and east of Mt. Whitney. It was the first major silver strike in Owens Valley. Long before the area was developed, Mexicans had been prospecting the mountain they called Cerro Gordo, meaning “Fat Hill,” looking for silver. However, an early group was attacked by Indians and three of the five prospectors were killed. Two were held captive and when they were released, were required to promise never to return. However, after Fort Independence was established and the Indian activity subsided, the Mexicans came back in 1862.
By 1869, prospectors had taken over the property and ultimately turned it into the largest producer of silver and lead in California, yielding ores that assayed at least as high as $300 per ton. During its heyday Cerro Gordo averaged a murder a week, making it one of the rowdiest mining towns in the Wild West.
Today, Cerro Gordo ghost town is considered one of the best “authentic mining towns” from the Wild West.
Cerro Gordo Adventure
Multi-Day Ride: (20 rider max)
Two Night Hotel in Bishop CA. (Hotel NOT included)
Riders are responsible to book their Hotel reservations.
Best Western Bishop Lodge
1025 N. Main St. Bishop CA 93514
Optional Hotels are available in Bishop all in walking distance.
Yosemite NP Fee: $30 (Not include)
Cerro Cordo Fee: $10 (Not included)
This dual sport adventure ride is perfect for medium to large dual sport adventure bikes.
Off-road terrain is rated "mild to moderate" with some "challenging" with lots of adventure.
Ride distance 800+ miles (100+ miles dirt roads)
Gas stops (125 mile range required)
Day 1, Pack a lunch & water
Breakfast Lunch & Dinner at restaurants (meal NOT included)
Meet Time: 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Starbucks Folsom
195 Placerville Road Folsom CA 95630
Ride returns to Folsom CA (approx 3pm)
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Questions email: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com