Check out Cerro Gordo east of Lone Pine. Absolutely 4x4 traffic only. Very steep, crooked and rough. Any RV would not make it. It was to LA what gold country was to SF. At one time the biggest city in CA.
It's privately owned but they have a couple of houses fixed up to rent for the night. I've not been up there at night but the sky has to be phenomenal. About 8,500 feet if memory is correct. One or two people live up there or used to.
Be very careful walking around due to LOTS and LOTS of abandoned mine shafts that are DEEEEEEP. They're all over the desert from Kramer Junction north up into Owens Valley/Death Valley areas.
Cerro Gordo is definitely worth the drive, but it is private property and a caretaker is there at all times. He might show you around, or might not. Don't plan on just walking around on your own.
Been researching ghost towns for our trip out west. Bodie which is in Bridgeport, Ca. northeast of Yosimite seems to be very authentic. Has anyone ever been there or are there other authentic ghost towns which aren't a tourist trap?
You will enjoy Bodie. A very good friend of mine co-authored a book called Big Bad Bodie, it is available on Amazon and the last I checked it is also available in the general store in Bodie. Very informative.
If you are traveling up 395 you may want to consider a stop at Manzanar, it is the remains and a museum of the WWII internment camp. As sad as it is, it is also a very interesting look into the lives and spirit of the Japanese that lived out the war in those camps.
Manzanar is about 9 miles north of Loan Pine right on US395.
Good luck to you and enjoy your trip.
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