Inyo National Forest

Your Gateway to the Eastern Sierra

Plan Your Visit

Road hazards common due to winter storms

There is a heightened risk of flooding, landslides, debris flows, road/trail washouts and avalanches.

Forest staff have activated an incident command team to assess damage. 

If you do visit the forest:

  • If you encounter a road washout, turn around. Do not get stuck in it or go around it; causing additional safety issues, resource damage, and work for our staff to repair.
  • Check our Road Conditions page, follow CalTrans District 9, Inyo and Mono County Sheriff's Departments, and local city social media pages to get notifications. Most forest roads are accessed via county roads.
  • Never block roads or driveways, which could impede emergency traffic.
  • Carry winter survival gear and tire chains in your vehicle at all times.
  • Winter Recreation Info

    Cross country skier, snow, mountains, sky

    See where you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, sled, and mush!

  • Road Conditions

    Road closed for the season is covered with several feet of snow.

    Weather at high elevation can be more extreme. Check conditions before you go.

  • Wilderness Permits

    Glacial silt tints a high alpine lake turquoise

    Questions about wilderness permits? Who do you call? 760-873-2483

  • Campfire Permit

    Steaming pot warms over a camp stove

    A campfire permit is required to use a portable stove in wilderness or while dispersed camping.


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A video about how to Leave No Trace on Mt. Whitney, which requires additional measures because of the trail's popularity.

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