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Field Trip to the Masonic Mountain Area – Northern Bodie Hills

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Logistics: Meet by 9:00 am at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ranger Station (in Bridgeport, a half-mile south of the intersection of US 395 and SR 182). We’ll do a brief orientation and carpool from there. Assume the Ranger Station will be closed, with restrooms not available there. Bring water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, binoculars, etc. We’ll probably return to the Ranger Station around 3 pm.

Route: We’ll drive north along US 395 and SR 182 to Masonic Road, at which point the route becomes unpaved. High clearance vehicles with good suspension are recommended. 4WD is rarely necessary on this route, though it is sometimes helpful going up the steep grade east of Lakeview Spring. We’ll stop in the Chemung Mine/Lakeview Spring area, then head over the ridge to Masonic Gulch and Masonic Lower Town. We may also botanize the ridge just north of Masonic. Lunch will be at or near Masonic. We’ll return to Bridgeport by way of Masonic Road (to avoid interfering with sage grouse activity on BLM lands).

Along the way we’ll look at the first population of Northwestern paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia var. flavescens) to be recognized in California, just north of Chemung Mine. We will see the approximate type locations for Bodie Hills rockcress (Boechera bodiensis) and Masonic Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus oliganthus). We should see Bodie Hills draba (Cusickiella quadricostata), maybe Mono County phacelia (Phacelia monoensis), and with luck, also Masonic Mountain jewelflower. Many other plants of pinyon-juniper, sagebrush, and aspen grove communities should be in bloom.

Tim Messick is a retired botanist/cartographer/photographer who started compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills more than 40 years ago. The current version of his “Plants of the Bodie Hills” can be downloaded from


June 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Sparks, NV 89431 United States + Google Map