Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area

  

[Photo] Looking north across Leavitt Bowl to Koenig Lake and Latopie Lake Bowls.  Photo taken by Eri

The quality snow conditions and challenging terrain in the Sonora Pass area provide avid snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, and snowboarders the opportunity to experience extreme winter sports unmatched anywhere in the Sierra Nevada.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA) opened on Friday Dec 23rd.2016. Provided snow depths meet the minimum depth requirements, the BWRA closes the last Sunday of April. If snow depths fall below 12” at the Leavitt Lake Rd/Hwy 108 junction, or <10% snow coverage at Leavitt Lake, or <24” in Yosemite Toad habitat, there may be earlier closures. Temporary closures may occur if snow depths fall below required depths and  there is a likelihood that there will more snow. For current conditions and avalanche snow summary please check the Bridgeport Avalanche Center website bridgeportavalannhecenter.org which is now up.
Permit Info: Permits are self issue at People’s Gate Trailhead on HWY 108 west of the MWTC, at the Leavitt Lake/Hwy Junction/and Sonora Pass. There is also a self issue permit station outside the Bridgeport Ranger Station after business hours. You can request permit up to 24 hours in advance Monday - Friday between 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM by downloading and completing the request form. Your permit can be emailed to you or picked up during business hours at the Ranger Station, after hours will be left in Self Issue Permit Box outside  Ranger Station. Advance permits for Saturdays & Sundays must be requested by Friday, as offices are closed weekends.  BRIDGEPORT Ranger Station: FAX BWRA PERMIT (760) 932-5899 Hwy 395 1/8 mile south of Bridgeport, CA Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area Permit Request.pdf
Open Season: Depends on snow depth
Closest Towns: Bridgeport, California

General Information

Accessibility:
Directions:

Easy access right off Hwy 108.

To access from Bridgeport:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 north 17 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108. 
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows. 
  3. Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate.

To access from Gardnerville/Minden:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 south 47 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108. 
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows.

Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate. 


General Notes:
Parking:

Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate. 


Directions:

Easy access right off State Highway 108.

To access from Bridgeport:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 north 17 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108.
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows.
  3. Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate.
  4. Early and late season parking (space limited) may be between Leavitt Meadows Pack Station and Leavitt Falls Overlook.

To access from Gardnerville/Minden:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 south 47 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108.
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows.
  3. Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate.
  4. Early and late season parking (space limited) may be between Leavitt Meadows Pack Station and Leavitt Falls Overlook.
     

General Notes:

Activities


Winter Sports

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Skiing/Snowboarding

Permit required?: Y

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

General Info:

Accessibility
Directions

Easy access right off Hwy 108.

To access from Bridgeport:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 north 17 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108. 
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows. 
  3. Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate.

To access from Gardnerville/Minden:

  1. Follow Hwy 395 south 47 miles to the Sonora Junction, State Highway 108. 
  2. Take State Highway 108 east about 5 miles to Pickel Meadows.

Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate. 


General Notes
Parking

Parking is allowed on the shoulders of State Highway 108, outside of the No Parking zone near the gate. 


Permits & Regulations

These were determined in Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area Management Plan in order to satisfy the requirements of the Act, Section 1806 (e) Enforcement and California State OHV Laws. 

PERMIT IS REQUIRED OF ALL USERS entering the BWRA (link to BWRA permits)

ALL CALIFORNIA APPLICABLE OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE REGULATIONS ARE ENFORCED- California registration is required, helmets required, appropriate number of riders on machines. 

OBEY BOUNDARIES- It is your responsibility to know riding area boundaries Click here for maps (Link to maps)

PACK OUT TRASH & DO NOT APPROACH WILDLIFE- All visitors this is critical for preserving the natural landscape, wildlife habitat, and keeping wildlife wild!

SEASON OF USE: The first Saturday of December provided there is a minimum of 24” of snow at the Leavitt Lake Road/Hwy 108 junction until the last Sunday of April (April 24, 2011) or earlier when there is less than 12” of snow at the Leavitt Lake Road/Hwy 108 junction.

COMMERCIAL FILMING: Filming (still & motion) for commercial use on National Forest Service Lands requires a Special Use Permit. Please contact: Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Bridgeport Ranger Station 760-932-7070. 
 


Permit required?: Y

Snowmobiling

Permit required?: Y


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/htnf/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=70745&actid=91