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 wilderness trails for hiking and equestrian adventures. OHV enthusiasts have access to over 2,200 miles of routes.

Plan Ahead: Campground Information
Hiker Shuttle Services
Backroad Tours in the Eastern Sierra:Inyo County


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
 Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center


We continue to recommend that you recreate locally.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Agnew Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Agnew Meadows Family and Agnew Meadows Horse Camps opening 7/10/20, Agnew Meadows Group is closed.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest    No camping or overnight parking.
No water. No cell phone service.
Click for weather forecast
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center    Visitor Center closed
No water
Aspen Campground Open to Visitor Open
Aspen Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Bend Campground Open to Visitor Open
Big Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open
Big Pine Canyon Group- Clyde & Palisade Glacier Closed to Visitor Closed
Big Pine Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Big Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open
Big Trees Campground Open to Visitor Open
Bishop Park Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Bitterbrush Campground Open to Visitor Open
Cedar Flat Group Camps Closed to Visitor Closed
Coldwater Campground Open to Visitor Open
Convict Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Cottonwood Lakes Walk in Campground Open to Visitor Open
Cottonwood Pass Walk in Campground Open to Visitor Open
East Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open
Ellery Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Forks Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Four Jeffrey Campground Open to Visitor Open
French Camp Campground Open to Visitor Open
Glass Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Grandview Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Gull Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Hartley Springs Campground Open to Visitor Open
Holiday Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian Camp Open to Visitor Open
Intake 2 Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Iris Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open
Junction Campground Open to Visitor Open
June Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lake George Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lake Mary Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lone Pine Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lower Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lower Lee Vining Campground Open to Visitor Open
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Closed to Visitor Closed
Mammoth Ranger District    Reds Meadow Road open, Lakes Basin Road open,
Mammoth Scenic Loop is open
Mammoth Welcome Center Closed
McGee Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Meysan Lakes Trail Open to Visitor Open
Minaret Falls Campground Closed to Visitor Estimated opening 7/13/20
Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Cen Closed to Visitor Closed
Mono Lake Ranger District    Tioga Pass into park boundary open to day use reservation and overnight accommodation. High passes may close during storms, check for closures and chain restrictions.
Moraine Campground Open to Visitor Open
Mosquito Flat Backpacker Campground Open to Visitor Open
Mountain Glen Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Mt. Whitney Ranger District    Roads open: Horseshoe Meadows,Whitney Portal, Onion Valley, Foothill Road, Division Creek.
Eastern Sierra Visitor Center Closed
Mt. Whitney Trail Open to Visitor Check the weather, storms may include lightning,wind, rain, hail, or sleet. Weather forecast: http:www.weather.gov 12.000ft elevation.
Mt. Whitney Trailhead Campground Open to Visitor Some sites closed due to rockfall.
New Shady Rest Campground Open to Visitor Open
North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail Open to Visitor Open. Obtain a current weather forecast: http:www.weather.gov
North Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Obsidian Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Oh! Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Open
Old Shady Rest Campground Open to Visitor Open
Onion Valley Campground Open to Visitor Open
Palisade Group Camp Closed to Visitor Closed
Pine City Campground Open to Visitor Open
Pine Glen Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Pine Grove Campground Open to Visitor Open
Pumice Flat Campground Closed to Visitor Opening 7/10/20
Pumice Flat Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Reds Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor Opening 7/10/20
Reversed Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Rock Creek Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Sabrina Campground Open to Visitor Open
Saddlebag Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Sage Flat Campground Open to Visitor Open
Sawmill Walk-in Campground Open to Visitor Open
Sherwin Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open
Silver Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Table Mountain Group Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Tioga Lake Campground Open to Visitor Open
Tuff Campground Open to Visitor Open
Twin Lakes Campground Open to Visitor Open
Upper Grays Meadow Campground Open to Visitor Open
Upper Sage Campground Open to Visitor Open
Upper Soda Springs Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
White Mountain Public Lands Information Center    Closed
White Mountain Ranger District    Roads open, with construction on South Lake Road.
White Mountain Ranger Station Closed
Whitney Portal Campground Open to Visitor Open
Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor Closed. Trail damage due to rockfall
Whitney Portal Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open
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. The district extends from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the Inyo Mountains.  Recreation activities include hiking, fishing, climbing, horse riding, and more.

More Information 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.

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White Mountain Ranger District

Coyote Flat

White Mountain Ranger District extends from the crest of the Sierra Nevada to the White Mountains.  There are lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks for fishing. Roads and trails explore a 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 end of Rock Creek Road.

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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.  While known for winter sports, it is also a mecca for mountain biking and fishing enthusiasts when the snow melts. Hiking and equestrian trails go into wilderness areas of Sierra Nevada.

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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 by Congress in 1964.

Approximately 30 million people live within a few hours’ drive. Forest visitors may use a network of trails that extend from Inyo National Forest into adjacent wilderness areas of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The iconic John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails pass through these continuous wilderness areas and encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes in the United States and provide forest visitors with "outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation”.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation