We’re digging through the archives and sharing our favorite wintery photos from some of our past snowy Eastern California adventures.

A snowy Bodie, CA – December 2016

Okay, so maybe the snow level wasn’t that impressive but it was still cool to see patches of it on the ground.

Industrial Snow

The (patchy) snowy streets of Bodie.

Our next spot should look familiar to anyone who’s traveled along Highway 395.

These next couple of locations were all photographed back in February 2017, after record breaking snow fell throughout the Eastern Sierra and other nearby ranges.

This particular adventure took me to several interesting locations as I made my way up towards the Wild Burro Rescue in Olancha, CA.

I arrived just as the sun was rising.

The lighting and clouds were just right.

My next location was a little more difficult to get to but was well worth the effort.

This location was all about capturing the dramatic background of the Eastern Sierra.

Once again I had the entire area to myself including being able to spend time with this gigantic sacred rock which I am not identifying here in order to protect it. Please do not identify it or any other sacred sites in comments or when sharing.

It was hard to leave.

I love seeing snow on the Eastern Sierra.

This old rugged loading platform was once used to transfer goods along the old Southern Pacific Jawbone Branch in Olancha, CA.

Of course, I couldn’t do an Eastern California post without including my favorite place in the world, the Wild Burro Rescue and Preservation Project in Olancha, CA.

The Wild Burro Rescue sits 4,800 feet up on an alluvial fan against the rugged southern end of the Eastern Sierra.

It’s rare to get snow down on the Rescue’s massive 140+ acre property but when it does fall, it becomes an even more magical place.

Snow Dump

Red Barn Dust

The ‘Driveway’

Snowy Seniors

An old abandoned Terry travel trailer used to sit on the property when I first started volunteering at the Rescue.

Burros don’t really enjoy the snow…

…but you have to admit the photos sure look great.

Amber snow/Amber glow

A road above Owenyo, CA.

Owenyo was an unincorporated community in Inyo County, CA. It was located on the Southern Pacific Railroad 5 miles north of Lone Pine, at an elevation of 3697 feet. The town was abandoned in the 1960s, and all that remain now are a few traces of building foundations.

The town, whose name is a portmanteau of Owens and Inyo, was originally started by Quaker colonists in 1900. They sold out in 1905, when the Carson and Colorado Railroad arrived, establishing the town as a transfer point for freight to be carried by the narrow-gauge railway which began there, serving points southward.

Mt. Whitney as seen from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, CA.

Sitting at an elevation of over 8,500 feet, snow at Cerro Gordo is a site to behold.

Overlooking the ghost town after a recent dusting.

What, no snow chains?

The Swansea Salt Tram Road.

The old Assay Building.

Remnants from a past event.

Cerro Gordo tanks through the years.

Of course the best part about visiting Cerro Gordo is being able to enjoy the view as you make your way back down to Owens Valley.

Priceless

My last snowy adventure is from a recent trip I took to the outskirts of Death Valley.

This is another fragile sacred site so I won’t be divulging the location and ask that you do the same if it looks familiar to you.

A peek of the snowy Eastern Sierra range through a field of Joshua Trees.

Shhhhhhh.

The scenery along the hike was constantly changing.

There’s oro in them hills.

Beautiful orange lichen dominated the canyon.

Jackrabbit prints in the snow.

I wasn’t really prepared to be hiking in this amount of snow, so after trudging through it for over 6 miles my feet were quite wet and cold.

It was such an incredible hike though that I quickly got over my cold feet.

Winter’s Bone

I saw quite a few of them along my hike.

Their presence definitely added to the adventure.

Hiking Eastern California with a little snow on the ground is one of my favorite things to do during wintertime. If you would like to join me sometime, make sure to follow my events page on FB to find out about upcoming events. Merry Christmas everyone.

Protecting and preserving historic, sacred, and sensitive sites should be practiced by all. Locations, directions, and names to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.

 

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