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: 2016 Mt Whitney Lottery and Whitney Portal Road Reconstruction Project
Link to list of Campgrounds.


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.

Map of Groomed Trails, and link to Live Tracking of Snowcat /Recently Groomed Trails

Links: Avalanche Report

Winter Sports

Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation Map 

Winter Recreation: Play it Safe

 

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bitterbrush Campground Open to Visitor Campground open in winter. No water or trash service after Nov 1.
Holiday Campground Open to Visitor Campground open in Winter, no water, no fee in winter.
Lone Pine Campground Open to Visitor Campground open in winter, no water, no trash service.
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Campground open in winter, no water, no trash service.
Mammoth Ranger District    Roads Closed for Winter: Reds Meadow Road, Mammoth Lakes Basin, and Old Mammoth Road. Snow at 7,000 ft. elevation.
Mono Lake Ranger District    Roads Closed for Winter: Hwy 120 to Tioga Pass, Saddlebag Lake, Lundy Canyon,and June Lake Loop. Snow at 7,000ft. elevation.
Mt. Whitney Ranger District    Roads Closed in Winter: Whitney Portal Road, Onion Valley, and Horseshoe Meadow Road. Snow at 8,000 ft. elevation.
White Mountain Ranger District    Roads Closed for Winter: Sabrina/North Lake closed at Aspendell. South Lake road closed at Bishop Creek Resort. White Mountain Road closed at Sierra View. Rock Creek Road closed at snow park. Snow at 8,000 ft elevation.
Whitney Portal    Road Construction Planed for 2016 with Significant Impacts to Access and Parking

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 over 800,000 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.