The road into Cerro Gordo (Fat Hill) is steep and narrow, with occasional signs of the bustling mining operation that once occurred in this area.
On a relatively harmless stretch of road. The road was graded and didn't need high clearance or 4WD, but power and an ability to drive is necessary or you'll never make it up (and down) the steep grade.
Cerro Gordo is in the Inyo Mountains and offers an incredible view across Owen's Valley to the Southern Sierra. The peak just above the middle of the road's horizon is Mt Whitney.
After less than 30 mins on the dirt road and about 5000 feet of climbing we find ourselves at Cerro Gordo
Old mining equipment is scattered - some as decoration, some like junk.
Inside the Hotel - so cool! Cerro Gordo is a privately owned town, and for a small donation a caretaker (Mr D) showed us around and let us in the old hotel. Check out that stove!
The original stove in the kitchen. Can't imagine how they hauled that up the hill originally.
I need to put horseshoes in my kitchen for all of my cast iron.
The old kitchen
Inside the saloon.
The bar. Sweet. Can't you just hear the wild west bar brawl?
David and the caretaker, Mr D, in the bar.
Stained glass behind the bar
Sign outside the hotel - est 1871
The chapel/church, now being converted into a theater.
Main Street Cerro Gordo, view across to the Sierra, Owens (pretty much dry) lake far below.
Wood stove inside one of the caretaker homes.
Drill bits outside the museum
Symbol for Cerro Gordo - found it all over the place. Me likey.
We walked up to one of the hills to get the view towards the sierra. Got a nice look back on the town as well.
View of my favorite range
Owens Valley below - with a little water.
Zoom in on Whitney (center peak, tallest)
The mine at Cerro Gordo. Still being worked by the caretaker.
Last furnace standing
Outside the museum
Outside the museum - debris gathered from the ghost town
I love the old purple glass
After Cerro gordo we drove towards Death Valley and made a stop at a special place - the site of the photography from U2's Joshua Tree album.