Autumn is in full swing at California’s Eastern Sierra near the famous ghost town of Bodie Hills. Although these rounded sage-covered peaks are less dramatic than their adjoining Sierra Nevada neighbors, they climb above 10,000 feet and offer great opportunities for prepared travelers to explore away from the crowds. A loop route leading from the Bodie ghost town back to Bridgeport via Bodie-Masonic and Aurora Canyon Roads offers glimpses of hidden windswept aspen groves and views of the rugged Sierra Nevada crest – even better vistas can be had with some hiking. Both mule deer and pronghorn antelope can be seen along the route. Hunting, wildlife viewing and exploring the backcountry roads are popular pastimes in this area. High clearance vehicles are recommended for these remote unpaved roads, and be sure to check local weather conditions before venturing out. Photos by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands.