Inyo National Forest, California

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Inyo National Forest

Visitors come to the Inyo National Forest to experience attractions such as famous Mono Lake, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, as well as the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney.

  • Visit extraordinary attractions such as Mono Lake, Devils Postpile National Monument and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
  • Explore the forest on one of the many hiking trails or spend the day fishing.
  • Test your endurance by climbing Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States.

Overview

The Inyo National Forest, with approximately 1.9 million acres of federally protected wilderness, is home to many popular outdoor destinations including Mono Lake, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, and Mount Whitney. The area is also popular with outdoor enthusiasts who come for the varied trails, mountain lakes, and scenic campgrounds.

Location & Information 

Inyo is located mostly in California, although there is a small section in western Nevada. The park is bordered on the east by Yosemite and in the south by Sequoia National Park.  Mammoth Lakes is located in the forest. 

Season

The forest is accessible year round, though many campgrounds, facilities and roads close during the winter.

Contact Information

Inyo National Forest
351 Pacu Lane
Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-2400

Popular Attractions

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort
This famous resort boasts over 3,500 acres of skiable terrain, 400 feet of annual snowfall, and more than 150 named trails.

Mount Whitney
At 14,505 feet, Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. Climbers come to test their legs, lungs, and resolve against the mountains steep slopes.

Mono Lake
Visitors come to experience Mono’s unique “tufa towers,” abundant wildlife, and vast array of outdoor recreation.

Devils Postpile National Monument
Come to view the extraordinary rock formations, as well as 101 foot Rainbow Falls.

Activities

Hiking
Considering the size and scope of Inyo, you could hike for a lifetime and not see all there is to see in this vast wilderness. For a good introduction, consider hiking to Lake Ediza or Convict Lake. These moderate hikes boast classic Sierra scenery and suitable for anyone in reasonable physical shape.

Fishing
While fishing in Inyo County, expect to catch brook, brown, rainbow, golden, and cutthroat trout. Popular spots include Hot Creek, Owens River and Ellery Lake.

Cross-country Skiing
During winter, Mammoth Mountain provides over 45 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails.

Other Inyo National Forest Resources

Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo supports the preservation, exploration and stewardship of Inyo National Forest in the Eastern Sierra.