Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center

MWTC HC83, Bridgeport, CA 93517
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Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC), located in Pickel Meadows, California is one of the most remote and isolated posts in the Marine Corps. Located off of California Highway 108, it is 21 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California and 100 miles south of Reno, Nevada. The MCMWTC is cited at 6,762 feet, with elevations in the training areas ranging to just under 12,000 feet. In an agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and the Marine Corps, the MCMWTC occupies and is permitted to train on 46,000 acres of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The MCMWTC is the Marine Corps’ premier training site for Marines preparing to serve in mountainous regions with emphasis in cold and high altitude confrontations. First established in 1951 as a Cold Weather Battalion (CWB) with a primary mission of providing cold weather training for replacement personnel bound for Korea. Due to the exceptional training provided in support efforts for the Korean Conflict and subsequent readiness, the CWB transitioned into the Marine Corps Cold Weather Training Center. As a result of its expanded role it was renamed the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in 1963. MCMWTC operated on a full-time basis until 1967 when in support of the Vietnam War was placed in a cadre status, with reactivation to a full-time command on May 19th, 1976.

Currently, the MCMWTC conducts formal schools for individuals and battalion training in summer and winter mountain operations and they are also involved in testing cold weather equipment and clothing, and developing doctrine and concepts to enhance the Corps’ ability to fight and win in mountain and cold weather environments.

Some of the capabilities of the MWTC include billeting facilities to support over 1,200 training personnel, training classrooms, stables and pack animals, a ski lift, an avalanche training site, small arms ranges, and an Expeditionary Airfield (EAF).

There are over 350 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCMWTC.



The closest major airport to Bridgeport, California is the Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH). This airport is in Mammoth Lakes, California and is 56 miles from the center of Bridgeport, CA. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is about 100 miles from the MWTC, which is a 2-hour drive by car.

Directions from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport:

Go west on East Plumb Lane toward Terminal Way. Maneuver to left lane and merge onto US-395/580 south headed toward Carson City.

Exit 57B toward Virginia City/Carson City/S. Lake Tahoe. Upon exiting look for Exit 43 [US-395/580 Business/North Carson Street].

Follow south for approximately 60 miles before reaching the intersection of US-108 Sonora Pass and US-395. Turn right at this intersection and stay on US-108 for four miles until you reach the destination.


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The Eastern Sierra Unified School District (Bridgeport, CA) serves the students in both Coleville and Bridgeport, California:
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Mono County, California

Mono County Department of Human Resources (760) 932-5412

Mono County Social Services (760) 932-5600
Our mission is to help our community be safe, supported and self-sufficient. The Mono County Department of Social Services offers a variety of services to individuals and families through several Federal, State, and County programs.

Mono County Public Health (760) 932-5580

Mono County Sheriff – Coroner (760) 932-7549

Morongo Basin Humane Society (760) 366-3786

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Military housing is available in Coleville and Bridgeport through Lincoln Military Housing. There are 110 units in the Housing Complex located 25 miles north of the Training Center.
Lodging is available at the Transient Quarters aboard the MWTC. You may check in at any time with the command duty office when arriving after regular duty hours (4pm) and on weekends and holidays. Personnel on TAD orders may make reservations up to 90 days in advance. Active duty personnel not on orders and military retirees may inquire about availability by contacting the billeting office 14 days prior to arrival. Cancellations are required 24 hours in advance of expected arrival.

You can contact the Coleville/Bridgeport (MWTC) District Office at (877) 498-2607. Their office is located at 600 Davenport Court, Coleville, CA 96107.

Coleville, CA
21.0 miles from MWTC

Located off California Highway 108, Coleville offers housing to enlisted personnel, E01 to O06. This community offers schools, a library, a pool, an exchange, shopping and plenty of outdoor activities.

Bridgeport, CA
21.0 miles from MWTC

Bridgeport is a small town located southwest of the MWTC with some schools, shopping and amenities. Housing is limited in the area.

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Bridgeport experiences a humid continental climate, which features cold, relatively snowy winters and dry summers with very warm days and cold mornings. The annual temperatures range from above 90 ° F in the summer to below 20° F in the winter, with snow from October to April. During the winter season, snow accumulation can reach depths of 6 to 8 feet. Further, severe storms can deposit as much as four feet in a 12-hour period. January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Bridgeport with an average of 15.2°. Bridgeport is one of the coldest places in California because of its high elevation.

The annual precipitation for the area is nearly 16 inches of rainfall, and 24.4 inches of snowfall. There are an average of 40 days with measurable precipitation. On average, there are 277 sunny days per year in Bridgeport. The US average is 205 sunny days.
July is the hottest month for Bridgeport with an average high temperature of 82.3° F, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. In Bridgeport, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85° F. The most pleasant months of the year for Bridgeport are September, June and August.

In Bridgeport, CA, the overall cost of living is 21% lower than the California average and 9% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Bridgeport, CA, housing is 15% higher than the U.S. average.

MCMWTC is located in Pickel Meadows, which is about 20 miles northwest of the census-designated place (CDP) of Bridgeport, CA in Mono County. Bridgeport is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 395 and State Route 182. The county is home to, and named after Mono Lake, which is located about one hour southeast of the Training Center. This beautiful, high-desert lake is a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. Visit the Mono County Museum in Bridgeport to learn more about the area.

For the outdoor adventurer, this remote area of California is the perfect place to play! The area offers all kinds of outdoor activities, including boating, hiking, climbing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The Bridgeport Reservoir, located just north of Bridgeport, offers marinas, pontoon rentals, camping spots and boat rentals. In addition, there are several hot springs nearby, including Travertine Hot SpringsBenton Hot Springs, and Buckeye Hot Springs.

For scenic value, few places can compare to MCMWTC and the surrounding areas. Yosemite National Park is only an hour south of the base. Lake Tahoe is about two hours to the north. Numerous lakes and streams are in and around the base. The surrounding region is known for trophy-trout fishing and outdoor recreation.

The area is also home to a number of destinations including: Mammoth Mountain, Mono Lake, June Lake and Bodie State Historic Park. Due to its elevation, Bridgeport and the surrounding areas are prone to extreme weather conditions. State Route (SR) 89 (Monitor Pass), SR-108 (Sonora Pass) and SR-120 (Tioga Pass – Yosemite Entrance) close frequently due to winter storms.

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