Recreation

Road Construction

Summer

Moonlight FallsIn summer, anglers can try their luck at countless lakes and streams. Mammoth Mountain becomes a mecca for mountain biking. Over1,200 miles of hiking and equestrian trails provide access to vast areas of wilderness. OHV enthusiasts have access to over 2,200 miles of routes.

Plan Ahead: Whitney Portal Road Reconstruction Project
Link to list of Campgrounds.

Link to Fire Restriction Exemptions

Link to Bureau of Land Managment Fire Prevention Restrictions Order

 


Winter

Mammoth Ski AreaThe fun doesn’t stop when winter arrives. Some parts of the Inyo average up to 400 inches of snow annually! The forest is home to one of the largest ski resorts in the country.

For Nordic skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers, there are over 100 miles of groomed trails. To really get away from it all, there are miles of ungroomed routes, and thousands of acres of backcountry to explore.

Plan Ahead:  Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation Map   -  Winter Recreation: Play it Safe

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aerie Crag Rv Campground Open to Visitor OPEN. No Campfires.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest    The road is OPEN to the Barcroft Gate. Check forecast and be prepared for conditions. The Ancient Brislecone Pine Forest is at 10,000ft elevation. Click for weather forcast
Aspen Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Aspen Grove Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Bend Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Pine Canyon Group- Clyde & Palisade Glacier Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Pine Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Springs Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Big Trees Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Bishop Park Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Bitterbrush Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Cedar Flat Group Camps Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Coldwater Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Convict Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Deadman Campground, Upper and Lower Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
East Fork Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Ellery Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Forks Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Four Jeffrey Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
French Camp Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Glass Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Grandview Campground Open to Visitor No Water, Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Gull Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Hartley Springs Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Intake 2 Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Iris Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Junction Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
June Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lake George Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lake Mary Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lone Pine Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lower Lee Vining Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Mammoth Ranger District    Roads Open.
McGee Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Minaret Falls Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Mono Lake Ranger District    Roads Open.
Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Mountain Glen Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Mt. Whitney Ranger District   
Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
New Shady Rest Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
North Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Obsidian Flat Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Oh! Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Old Shady Rest Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Onion Valley Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Palisade Group Camp Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Pine City Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Pine Glen Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Pine Grove Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Pumice Flat Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Pumice Flat Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Reds Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Reversed Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Rock Creek Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Sabrina Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Saddlebag Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Sage Flat Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Sawmill Walk-in Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Sherwin Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Table Mountain Group Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Tioga Lake Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Tuff Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Twin Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Upper Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Upper Sage Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Upper Soda Springs Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
White Mountain Ranger District    White Mountain Road open to Barcroft Gate.
Whitney Portal    Road Construction Planned for 2016 with Significant Impacts to Access and Parking
Whitney Portal Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Willow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only

Spotlights

Mt. Whitney Ranger District

The Mt Whitney Ranger District is the southernmost district in the Inyo National Forest. On its western edge is Mt. Whitney, highest point in the contiguous United States. Recreation activities include hiking, fishing, climbing, horse riding and more.

Current Conditions for Mt. Whitney Ranger District

Mono Lake Ranger District

Mono Lake Ranger District is the northernmost district of Inyo National Forest. The western portion of the district is adjacent to Yosemite National Park, and includes one of the most spectacular and accessible areas of the Sierra Nevada. To the east is Mono Lake, and the world's largest stand of majestic Jeffrey Pines.

Current Conditions for Mono Lake Ranger District

White Mountain Ranger District

White Mountain Ranger District extends from the Sierra Nevada to the White Mountains.  There are hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks for fishing and many roads and trails to explore the wide variety of terrain and life zones.  Elevations accessible by car range from 3,900 ft in Big Pine to 10,100 ft at the Mosquito Flat trailhead at the end of Rock Creek Road.

Current Conditions for White Mountain Ranger District

Mammoth Ranger District

Mammoth Lakes Ranger District is located in the northern half of Inyo National Forest, and is centered around the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA.  The area is most well known for winter sports. When the snow melts, it is a mecca for mountain biking and fishing enthusiasts. Hiking and equestrian trails access huge areas of Sierra Nevada wilderness.

Current Conditions for Mammoth Lakes Ranger District

Wilderness Areas

 Inyo National Forest contains approximately one million acres of wilderness, in nine wilderness areas. Wilderness areas include the Hoover,  Ansel Adams, Owens River Headwaters, John Muir, Golden Trout, South Sierra, Boundary Peak, White Mountains and Inyo Mountains.