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Kavanaugh Ridge

Drive up to more than 10,000 feet and arrive at Dunderberg Peak.

Total Miles

15

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Elevation
10,369'
Duration
3 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
Best Time
Summer/ Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Kavanaugh Ridge
The view is phenomenal from this peak, including the lake below, as well is the Hoover Wilderness. Snow drifts have been known to remain into the summer months. There is camping available in the area and its a popular area to view spring wildflowers and fall colors. Green-sticker vehicles are permitted on the marked routes.
History
Look carefully and you’ll see piles of mine tailings in different directions from Waypoint 04. This was the site of Dunderberg Mill built about 1870. From Waypoint 04, a narrow rough road (not on MVUM) heads west uphill to some old log cabin ruins that mark the site of a smaller stamp mill built later. A small town existed here about 1892. We visited here in 2004 and found an old stamp press tipped on its side below the cabins.
Getting There
Take Highway 395 to Conway Summit, about 8 miles north of Mono Lake, between Lee Vining and Bridgeport. Turn west on paved Virginia Lakes Road and go about 4.5 miles to Dunderberg Meadow Road on right.
Contact for Current Conditions
Humboldt-Toiyabe N.F.
Bridgeport R.D.
(760) 932-7070