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11/20/11 - Double-check B4 attempting Bodie Rd.

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11/20/11 - Double-check B4 attempting Bodie Rd.

Just FYI, as of Sunday night 11/20, the CalTrans website and phone hotline show Hwy 270, the Bodie road, having “no restrictions.”

This seems odd, since all the major trans-Sierra roads have been closed, whether for the season or not, depends on the continuing weather conditions. The town of Bodie is close to 8,400 ft. above sea level. This is almost as high as Monitor and Ebbetts passes, which are closed. There are currently (9:00 p.m. 11/20) chain restrictions on Hwy 168 (Westgard Pass, approx. 7,300 ft.) and Hwy 120 east of Mono Lake to Benton, which drops down to 6,500 ft. or so.

This may be correct. Or it may be an oversight, since 270 is a spur road that doesn’t really “go anywhere” as major highways do, so it’s easy to forget about it. If you want to go to Bodie during this time of year, don’t make a special trip until you check on road conditions with the park office at 1-760-647-6445. In winter, when the park is open, the hours are 9:00-3:00 and are strictly enforced to protect the historic resources.

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1. Re: 11/20/11 - Double-check B4 attempting Bodie Rd.

That would not be fun to be stuck out there in a storm. Always check the conditions before you set out.

Last time I was out there was the Friday before Bodie days on August 12.They just repaved and striped the road. I would love to see Bodie in the winter sometime, but that would probably have to be done on a snowmobile or by skis.

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2. Re: 11/20/11 - Double-check B4 attempting Bodie Rd.

Ihave a thread from last year about Bodie in the winter on the Bridgeport forum. No, I didn't go; it was a story in the S.F. Chronicle.

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