Recreation

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.
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 skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Link to Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation Map

Eastern Sierra Road Construction

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bishop Canyon- South Lake Road    Reconstruction of South Lake Road is planned for September and October of 2015. Plan for delays and parking restrictions.
Convict Lake    Major reconstruction of Convict Lake Road is planned for summer 2015. Expect 30 minute delays on the road and limited access to the day use areas and trails around the East side of the lake. On Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th, there will be 15 minute delays for pedestrian access to the south-east day use area of Convict Lake. To accommodate this work, the road delays will also be limited to 15 minutes for these two days only. This is in effort reduce the level of impact to visitors to the area for the entire project. Pedestrian traffic through the road closure area will be shifted from the current roadway access, which is being pulverized in preparation for paving, to the lake side trail during this time. The pedestrian delay will be where the trail ends at the road near the south-east day use area. Flaggers will escort pedestrians through the active construction area for their safety. This pedestrian delay will not affect road traffic as this area is only open to pedestrians. After this work is completed, pedestrian traffic will be shifted back to the current roadway access. The scheduled 30 minute delays along the road will resume for the week. As a reminder, construction work is suspended for weekends and holidays.
Rock Creek Canyon    Major reconstruction of Rock Creek Road continues in 2015. Plan for delays and parking restrictions.

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

For sheer diversity, there's nothing like the White Mountain Ranger District. From the towering Sierra Nevada to the White Mountains, White Mountain Ranger District encompasses hundreds of square miles and a variety of terrain and life zones.

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.