The most prominent geographic landform in this WSA, Mt. Biedeman makes a wonderful Great Basin day hike. With its steep, rugged terrain and brushy surface, the hike may seem discouraging at first, but this jolly, rounded landform is really quite friendly and offers an unmatched view of Mono Lake and the Central Sierra.
In addition to Mt. Biedeman, there are two adjoining mountains in the center of this WSA. There are also numerous canyons, streams, meadows, and aspen groves.
Mule deer fawns prance clumsily in grassy meadows. In their quest for true love, male sage grouse strut their macho display. Clusters of little yellow heads of a rare flower, the Mono County Phacelia, grow in the sandy soils.
Mt. Biedeman WSA is in the ethnographic territory of the Mono Lake Paiute Indian Tribe. The area is used for pinyon nut collection, seed collection, and hunting. There are some obsidian sites in the northern section of this WSA.
In addition, Mt. Biedeman borders Bodie State Park, a park that preserves the ghost town of Bodie. Bodie was a mining town in the late nineteenth century.
At a modest height of 8,981 ft and overlooking the Mono Basin in the southwestern Bodie Hills, Mt. Biedeman offers a wide variety of camping, hiking and backpacking opportunities. You can summit the peak and explore beautiful views as well as the harri mutiliak, stone cairns built by Basque sheep herders. Learn more about the "Stone Boys" here.
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