Dunderberg Peak capped with snow about half the year @ 12,374′ elevation. Dunderberg Meadow is a side route off Green Creek Rd. Upper Summer Meadow Rd is another side route off Green Creek Rd.
Eastern Sierra Hoover Wilderness
East Yosemite National Park
10 miles South of Bridgeport, CA
Toiyabe National Forest and Inyo National Forest
Hoover Wilderness spans the mountain ranges from Sonora Pass to Tioga Pass, with high elevation peaks ranging from 10,000 to over 12,000′ elevation. Emigrant Wilderness lies to the west of Hoover, with Yosemite National Park & Inyo National Forest to the south.
- Twenty Lakes Basin
- Virginia Pass
- Virginia Lakes Basin
- Lundy Pass
- Bond Pass
- Hoover Lakes
- Return Creek
- Little Walker River
- West Walker River
- Matterhorn Peak – 12,264′ elev
towns nearby –
Aspen groves in the Eastern Sierra are some of the best autumn colors in the whole state. Fall car camping includes nighttime temps in the teens w/ fishing and hunting nearby.
Pacific Crest Trail passes partially through Hoover Wilderness inside Yosemite National Park.
Hoover trails are not all dirt road access, but most are. There are 2 major trail heads along Highway 120 inside Yosemite NP, which lead north to Hoover.
Hoover trailheads –
California SR Highway 120 (Yosemite NP):
- Dog Lake
- Tioga Pass
- Saddlebag Lake
Twin Lakes area:
- Robinson Creek
- Horse Creek
- Cattle Creek
- Tamarack Lake
Little Walker River area:
- Bort Canyon
- Emma Lake
- Molybdenite Creek
California SR Highway 108 (Sonora Pass):
- Leavitt Lake
- Leavitt Meadows
Green Creek Road is a signed dirt road on US Highway 395, near Virginia Creek Settlement and across from the Bodie ghost town turn off. Green Creek Campground (a developed NFS campground) also has trailhead parking for Hoover hiking trails. Primitive free camp site can be found all along this major graded dirt road.
Many developed campgrounds in the surrounding areas – Saddlebag, Lundy, Virginia, Green Creek, Twin Lakes, Buckeye, Obsidian. Off Sonora Pass, Levitt Lake usually gets the most snow depth around and is only acessible in summer months. Super remote primitive camping for those with a high clearance vehicle.