Recreation

 Summer

Moonlight FallsIn summer, anglers can try their luck at countless lakes and streams. Mammoth Mountain becomes a mecca for mountain biking. Over 1,200 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: Road Reconstruction Project
Link to list of Campgrounds.

 

 


Winter

Mammoth Ski AreaThe fun doesn’t stop when winter arrives. 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
 Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Aerie Crag Rv Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest    The road is OPEN to the Schulman Grove with icy conditions. Bristlecone Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Check forecast and be prepared for conditions. The Ancient Brislecone Pine Forest is at 10,000ft elevation. Click for weather forcast
Aspen Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Aspen Grove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Bend Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Pine Canyon Group- Clyde & Palisade Glacier Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Pine Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Trees Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Bishop Park Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Bitterbrush Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only. No water or trash service in winter.
Cedar Flat Group Camps Closed to Visitor Closed
Coldwater Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Convict Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Deadman Campground, Upper and Lower Closed to Visitor Closed
East Fork Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Ellery Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Forks Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Four Jeffrey Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
French Camp Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Glass Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Grandview Campground Open to Visitor No Water, Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Gull Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Hartley Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Holiday Campground Open to Visitor Campground open in Winter, no water, no trash service, no fee in winter.
Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp Closed to Visitor Closed
Intake 2 Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Iris Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Junction Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
June Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Lake George Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Lake Mary Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Lone Pine Campground Open to Visitor Lower Loop is Open. No water or services. Campfires in established campfire rings Only
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campfires in established campfire rings Only. No water or trash service in winter.
Lower Lee Vining Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mammoth Ranger District    Roads Closed: Reds Meadow Valley, Old Mammoth Lakes Road and Lakes Basin.
McGee Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Minaret Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mono Lake Ranger District    Roads Closed for the winter: Tioga Pass (Highway 120) and Saddlebag Lake Road. Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center closed for the winter.
Moraine Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground Open to Visitor Road will close mid December or with next winter storm.
Mountain Glen Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mt. Whitney Ranger District    Roads Closed: Whitney Portal Road, Onion Valley, and Horseshoe Meadow Road.
Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
New Shady Rest Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
North Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Obsidian Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Oh! Ridge Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Old Shady Rest Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Onion Valley Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Palisade Group Camp Closed to Visitor Closed
Pine City Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Pine Glen Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Pine Grove Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Pumice Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Pumice Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Reds Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Reversed Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Rock Creek Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sabrina Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Saddlebag Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sage Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sawmill Walk-in Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Sherwin Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Table Mountain Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Tioga Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Tuff Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Twin Lakes Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Upper Grays Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Upper Sage Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Upper Soda Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
White Mountain Ranger District    White Mountain Road open to Schulman Grove with icy conditions. Roads Closed: North Lake, Sabrina Lake closed at Aspendell, South Lake Road closed at Bishop Creek Lodge.
Whitney Portal Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Willow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed

Spotlights

Mt. Whitney Ranger District

Mount Whitney Zone

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 from the West

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

Coyote Flat

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

Convict Lake

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. Three of these were among the first wilderness areas designated in 1964, while others were added subsequently. These wilderness areas encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes in the United States. These wilderness areas provide visitors and residents alike with "outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation”.