Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Masonic Mountain and Potato Peak via Mountain Bike

I've been scheming to do this route for a while now. Summiting peaks on a mountain bike! My buddy Jim and I started from Bridgeport, rolled out Highway 182 for a short spell, then headed up Masonic Road.

After several miles of nice climbing on well graded, moderately pitched road we arrived at the Chemung mine site.

A couple more miles on the steeper upper sections of Masonic Road took us to the turnoff for Masonic Mountain.

The road to the summit included two or three short, tough sections, but generally was fine riding.

The view from the summit looking back towards the Sweetwater Mountains and the final stretch of road to the top.

Looking south towards our next objective, Potato Peak (on right of two peaks center).

Obligatory victory pose.

After a truly fun descent from Masonic Mountain we hopped on the Bodie - Masonic Road and headed south.

We left the main road onto an awesome two track which took us up onto the north shoulder of Potato Peak (above right).

Good stuff.

After reaching the shoulder, a tough grunt took us to the shallow saddle southwest of the peak and from there we scrambled to the top. Jim enjoys summit fever!

 We took a good spell to soak in the views and enjoy the wonderful weather.

Jim scrambles back down to the bikes. 

We proceeded to bomb down the great descent west of  Potato Peak to Aurora Canyon and then back to Bridgeport.

All time!
Thanks Jim.

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