Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest, California

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Toiyabe National Forest

As the largest national forest in the contiguous United States with over 6.3 million acres of land, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest treats visitors to abundant outdoor recreation and popular historic attractions.

  • With over 6.3 million acres of forest terrain, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest national forest in the contiguous United States.
  • Explore the Virginia Lakes Basin on a 6.6 mile hike that passes scenic alpine lakes.
  • Take a trip back in time at historic Bodie Ghost Town.
  • Hike a section of the epic Pacific Crest Trail.

Overview

With over 6.3 million acres of forest terrain, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest national forest in the contiguous United States.

For visitors from Mammoth Lakes, the most accessible region of this forest is located about 60 miles north near Bridgeport, CA. This district, containing over one million acres of land, boasts abundant mountain lakes, verdant meadows, high mountain peaks, and diverse native wildlife.

Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the area for its fishing, hiking, backpacking, and camping.

Location & Information

The most accessible portion of this forest when visiting from Mammoth Lakes is the Bridgeport district, located off US-395 near Bridgeport, California.

Seasons

The Toiyabe Forest is open year round, but many facilities, campgrounds, and roads close during winter due to heavy snow.

Contact Information

Bridgeport Ranger District
Mike Crawley, District Ranger
HC 62, Box 1000
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7070

Activities

Explore the Hoover Wilderness
The Hoover Wilderness contains over 48,601 acres of land, and offers abundant trout fishing, camping, and hiking. One of the more popular destinations is Trumbull Lake, which is home one of the few established campgrounds in the wilderness.

Hike a section of the Pacific Crest Trail
Hike a section of this epic 2,600 mile trail.

Explore the Virginia Lakes Basin
Explore this scenic mountain environment on a 6.6 mile hike that passes many alpine lakes, as well as providing views of Dunderberg Peak (the highest in the Humboldt-Toiyabe at 12,374 feet) and Black Mountain. Angler’s take note, these lakes are stocked with rainbow, brown, brook, and golden trout.

Travel back in time at Bodie Ghost Town
This historic gold mining ghost town has structures still standing from the late 19th century. Highlights include period artifacts and daily summer tours.