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Inyo National Forest

Address: CA
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Ranked #1,095 of 3,920 Attractions in California
Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Camping, Viewing foliage
Owner description: National forest area extending 165 miles along the California/Nevada border and includes 1.9...
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Type: Forests, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Camping, Viewing foliage
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: National forest area extending 165 miles along the California/Nevada border and includes 1.9 million acres of lakes, meadows, winding streams, and rugged Sierra Nevada peaks with elevations ranging from 4,000 to 14,495 feet.
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Hong Kong, China
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311 reviews 311 reviews
114 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our 2nd campground on our five week trip. We were recommended this area by a very helpful guy online when we knew Yosemite would be impossible on the Labor Day weekend. Note the Rock Creek Rd is undergoing an upgrade and was very bumpy and most gravel, due to continue into 2015. There are several campgrounds run by the NFS... More 

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Cool, California
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

These are quite young in geologic time. They were formed by volcanic steam explosions approximately 1350 AD. They are only a few miles outside of Mammoth Lakes on the scenic loop. After turning onto the dirt road and following the signs, park by the vault toilet. The first two of the craters are a 5-7 minute hike up the trail.... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Part of this forest is located within 22 miles of Bishop (itself a nice place to spend 1-2 days) and well worth the trip. You travel to elevations of 7000 feet or higher and the setting is superb. Not quite in the same league as Lassen Volcanic National Park or Yosemite, it is still a great place to visit with... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My friend and I camped at Big Pine Creek Camp Ground in the Inyo National Forest. I have camped all over this country for the past 45 years, and this was one of the nicest experiences I have ever had. With mountains on one side of our site and a trout stream on the other, the views, the sounds, the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My family and I camped in Junction campground for three nights in July just off Tioga Road in Inyo, less than a quarter mile from Tioga Lake, less than 2 miles from the eastern Yosemite entrance. Site # 9 was amazing - shaded by trees during the day, set atop a small hill about 50 ft from the parking area... More 

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los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We took the brief hike to the Inyo Craters through the forest to see the beautiful site. It was really pretty and had some water still in it. We left at about 5PM and it only took about 30 minutes. There are really nice paths to walk on and scenery is lovely. There are a lot of pine cones that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

My wife and I spent 5 nights at Big Pine Creek Campground in July 2013 and we loved it there! The only thing that we hoped to have read in the reviews before we got there was about the steep hill we had to climb for 5 miles in addition to a hairpin corner that we need to maneuver at... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We camped at Big Pine Creek Campground for 4 nights and where camping with several other families who booked this beautiful location. It's not a Yosemite but, it has everything a camper is looking for a good time. We had our 5 year old and 7 year old and they enjoyed the trip. My son caught two fish at the... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

We stayed at Big Pine Creek in the middle of may 2011, this was our first time up at big pine creek and is now my new favorite spot. First off the place is ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! I found my self constantly stopping with my jaw dropped at the surroundings. There was still snow on the mountains, pine cones flood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

My husband and I did the Methuselah Trail. It was an amazing hike. It makes you a little short winded if you are from a low elevation like us. We used the hike to get better acclimated to do the Mt Whitney Trail in Lone Pine. The trees are amazing to photograph. It is amazing to think that the bristlecones... More 

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