Hardball is a military term for an improved road.So the plan, which I will be prerunning some of the route this coming weekend, is to camp Friday night near the Mines of Moria, worked out for Gandalf.
Masonic Mountain has a number of mines that we can free camp near, then the dirt road into Bodie as mentioned. First night campsite, approximately at 38.35877 -119.14358
Thank you for the information. Based on this input we may need to change our second night. I’m working with @Kent R on a plan for Saturday and Saturday night after visiting Bodie. I’m looking into Cooper Mountain trail which isn’t too far from Bodie.