Inyo National Forest - Your Gateway to the Eastern Sierra

Extending along the California and Nevada border Inyo National Forest is a land of superlatives – tall mountains, old trees, Mono Lake and iconic views, with a diversity of recreation opportunities to match.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Mt Whitney Permits

    Summer hikers on the Mt. Whitney trail switchbacks.

    Deadline to accept and pay fees for Lottery win is April 30. All unclaimed dates will open for online reservations on May 1 at 7:00a.m.

  • Weather & Road Conditions

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

    Reds Meadow Road is closed. Traditionally this road does not re-open until the end of June.

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

  • Traveling in Bear Country

    Black bear in Sierra Nevada woodland.

    Be Bear Aware, always secure your food and scented items. Doing your part to protect black bears (and your food) is simple if ...

  • Dispersed Camping

    Jeep on dirt road

    Have you ever just wanted to drive into the woods and set up camp? It's called dispersed camping and you should...

  • Wilderness Permits

    Glacial silt tints a high alpine lake turquoise

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

Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping Fishing Picnic areas. Winter Sports. OHV icon



Leave No Trace on Mt. Whitney

Leave No Trace principles on Mt. Whitney require additional measures because of the trail's popularity.

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The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace

These are principles that you should be thinking about when you visit Wilderness anywhere.

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