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Gems in Inyo National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite Devils Postpile.

Devils Postpile

(9) Mammoth…, CA
gem Favorite View back Panum Crater Trail

Panum Crater

(4) Mammoth…, CA

Recommended Routes in Inyo National Forest - 10

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Favorite View west from Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult Difficult

Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

20.5 mi 33.0 km 6,404' Up 1951.98 m Up 6,405' Down 1952.1 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite Sam Mack Meadow
Difficult Difficult

Glacier Lodge to Palisade Glacier

17.9 mi 28.8 km 4,704' Up 1433.63 m Up 4,703' Down 1433.52 m Down

Big Pine, CA
Explore in 3D
Favorite View west from Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult Difficult

Cottonwood Pass Trail to Whitney Portal

38.7 mi 62.3 km 7,417' Up 2260.62 m Up 8,973' Down 2734.97 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite Tired and happy to be on the summit of Mt. Whitney, a pair of hikers enjoys their accomplishment.
Very Difficult Very Difficult

Mt Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route

9.2 mi 14.9 km 5,928' Up 1806.72 m Up 5,919' Down 1804.14 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite To get up to the first lake, this is the most challenging part, followig a sketchy trail up the granite and to the right of the waterfall.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Saddlebag Lake to Conness Lakes

9.0 mi 14.5 km 842' Up 256.75 m Up 843' Down 256.84 m Down

Bridgeport, CA
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Favorite Hiker and forest in Kern Canyon on High Sierra Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Eastern Sierra Tour

66.9 mi 107.6 km 8,476' Up 2583.59 m Up 8,477' Down 2583.64 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite Aspens, all dressed up for autumn.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Gem Lake via Rush Creek Trail

6.6 mi 10.6 km 1,882' Up 573.75 m Up 1,882' Down 573.72 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
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Favorite Looking southeast into the far distance from Cottonwood Pass. The forested hills and meadows of Golden Trout Wilderness are seen below.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Golden Trout Creek Loop

25.0 mi 40.3 km 3,095' Up 943.37 m Up 3,094' Down 943.2 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite Fall foliage on the Mt. Whitney Trail.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,715' Up 522.61 m Up 1,714' Down 522.44 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
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Favorite Obsidian Dome pushes up through the earth.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Obsidian Dome Loop

6.2 mi 10.0 km 562' Up 171.33 m Up 562' Down 171.22 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
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Inyo National Forest Hiking

  • 200 Miles 322 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 7 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 33 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 25 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Inyo National Forest - 55

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7.7 mi 12.5 km #1North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA 19 
7.6 mi 12.2 km #2Kearsarge Pass Trail
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 18 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #3Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 14 
6.1 mi 9.8 km #4Cottonwood Lakes Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA 23 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #5Parker Lake Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA 12 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #6New Army Pass Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
4.2 mi 6.7 km #720 Lakes Basin Loop Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgeport, CA
Intermediate Intermediate
Bridgeport, CA 13 
1.7 mi 2.8 km #8Old Army Pass Trail
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
9.7 mi 15.6 km #9Taboose Pass
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA
5.4 mi 8.7 km #10Cottonwood Canyon Trail #502
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult Difficult
Lone Pine, CA

Photos of Inyo National Forest - 480

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Convict Lake in the fall, aspen trees are firing in color.
Aug 14, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Aspens, all dressed up for autumn.
Aug 26, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Topsy Turvy Lake and the Sierra Crest. This is only about half of the full panorama.
Apr 22, 2017 near Big Pine, CA
Mono Lake and Walker Lake from just below Lower Sardine Lake
Sep 26, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Descending from the bluffs toward the columns below at the edge of Crowley Lake.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mammoth…, CA
Most of the hike is in view of the dramatic surrounding landscape.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mammoth…, CA
The columns can only be visited when the reservoir is at seasonally low conditions - at other times the area is submerged beneath the lake's surface.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mammoth…, CA
The columns make a surreal and otherworldly landscape that is often free of other visitors.
Apr 12, 2022 near Mammoth…, CA
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