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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

(3) Mammoth…, CA

Recommended Routes in Inyo National Forest - 19

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Favorite View west from Mount Whitney Trail
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
Favorite Sapphire Twilight: Mt. Fisk, Mt. Huxley, and Sapphire Lake at twilight. Evolution Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, California.
Difficult

North Lake to South Lake Loop

55.0 mi 88.5 km 9,022' Up 2749.86 m Up 8,473' Down 2582.5 m Down

West Bi…, CA
Favorite Temple Crag.
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
Favorite Gorgeous views and a welcome break await you on the summit of Mount Whitney.
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
Favorite The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
Difficult

Mammoth Crest - Duck Pass Loop

13.2 mi 21.2 km 2,875' Up 876.21 m Up 2,890' Down 880.93 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite View west from Mount Whitney Trail
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
Favorite Frozen silence.
Intermediate/Difficult

Morgan Pass and Gem Lake

8.0 mi 12.9 km 941' Up 286.85 m Up 942' Down 286.97 m Down

West Bi…, CA
Favorite Convict Lake in the fall, aspen trees are firing in color.
Easy/Intermediate

Convict Lake Trail

2.6 mi 4.1 km 170' Up 51.72 m Up 175' Down 53.4 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
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

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

Inyo National Forest Running

  • 806 Miles 1,297 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 21 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 82 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 29 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Inyo National Forest - 113

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5.5 mi 8.8 km #1Duck Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA 15 
11.9 mi 19.1 km #2Bishop Pass Trail
Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Difficult
Big Pine, CA 15 
7.6 mi 12.2 km #3Kearsarge Pass Trail
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 16 
7.7 mi 12.5 km #4North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA 14 
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Little Lakes Valley #2912
Intermediate
West Bishop, CA
Intermediate
West Bishop, CA 10 
1.9 mi 3.0 km #6Parker Lake Trail
Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate
Mammoth Lakes, CA 11 
35.0 mi 56.3 km #7JMT: Segment 2 - Tuolomne Meadows to Devils Postpile
Intermediate/Difficult
Yosemite Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Yosemite Valley, CA
6.1 mi 9.8 km #8Cottonwood Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA 20 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #9Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 11 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #10New Army Pass Trail
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA

Photos of Inyo National Forest - 417

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Convict Lake in the fall, aspen trees are firing in color.
Aug 14, 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
Upper Little Lakes Valley
Dec 14, 2020 near West Bi…, CA
Mono Lake and Walker Lake from just below Lower Sardine Lake
Sep 26, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Aspens, all dressed up for autumn.
Aug 26, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Parker Lake
Aug 1, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Sunrise over Little Lakes Valley.
Dec 14, 2020 near West Bi…, CA