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Inyo National Forest

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We did some site seeing and hiking while driving through. We stopped at mammoth and were impressed... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
Jaimie B
Bismarck, North Dakota
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cool place to visit...quiet...peaceful....

if you pass thru this area....stop by and visit this spot....unique trees....cool... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
Joe A
Orange County, California
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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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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We did some site seeing and hiking while driving through. We stopped at mammoth and were impressed by the offerings in this quaint little town. The fires were burning at the time but the time we were there was still awesome. There was even snow...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2018

if you pass thru this area....stop by and visit this spot....unique trees....cool views....definitely lots of chances to take great photos...or if you just wanna find a cool...relatively quiet place to chill and relax....this spot offers lots of spots to do so...

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

While traveling had to stop and enjoy the park. Lots of options to pull over and enjoy the view. Great views, which change as you drive through the region via 395. Enjoy the scenery great place to stretch. Enjoy the peaks surrounding you.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

This was an incredibly lovely spot. We got there a bit late but there was a very nice spot (#22) left. It was set apart with plenty of privacy and had a very nice setting with a lot of trees in the area. Star gazing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

We returned to the Mammoth Lakes and June Lake loop area in the Inyo National Forest This time it was in June. Water levels in the lakes were good, The forests were beautiful, but some of the pine tree issues seemed to be showing up...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2017

best way to see it is on foot. From Whitney to Mammoth Lakes and Bishop the views are inspiring. Diverse landscape and trails abound get boots on the ground on one.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Stopped at the national Forest Service office in Bishop for a great into to all we needed to know. We hiked at Bristlecomb (a must see amazing place); Big Pine Creek; and the Little Lakes. Took a while to get used to the altitude but...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

We very much like the Inyo National Forest and visit many times Inyo National Forest includes many areas of the Eastern Sierras such as Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop, Mono Lake, Lundy Canyon, and so forth It also includes Mt. Whitney, Reds Meadow, and Ancient...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

Driving through this National Park is a beautiful way to spend the day, specially on a nice sunny clear day. We stopped and started as we felt to take it all in.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

This is the most diverse and spectacular national park in the country imho. You could plan a lengthy vacation hopping from one unique natural wonder to another. Fill your gas tank and purchase supplies before you enter. The towns in this area are remote and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Callum b
Perth, Australia
Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley hike permits (2 Replies)
Hi, Does anyone have any advice on how to arrange the permits for such a hike - including Half Dome? I've found a permit on the Inyo National Forest website to cover Mammoth-Yosemite, but there doesn't seem to be a way of adding Half Dome onto it like you would get from the Yosemite National Park system. As the lottery was a while ago and the only "normal" way to get it individually seems to be applying the day before (which I can't do as I'd be in a tent in the middle of the park!),...More
May 24, 2015|
Response fromJRinGeorgia|
I think you should call the YNP permit office and ask a ranger directly about how to arrange HD on you permit starting outside Yosemite. Alternatives within YNP up to a week that can include HD? Plenty! That are better than coming through Inyo? Hmm, only you can be the judge of that. You could enter Cathedral or Sunrise and do Clouds Rest then HD, More challenging than that is to enter Budd Creek to Echo Lake (xcountry) and then cut over to pick up the Cathedral trail. You could come...More
Wellington, New Zealand
Campervan trip thru National Parks (7 Replies)
Hi, we are heading off on a campervan trip, taking in some of the National Parks in California and Nevada. I wondered if anyone can suggst RV sites within Death Valley, Inyo National Forest, Sequioa National Park, Yosemite and Redwood National Park. We'd like to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of life, so aren't looking for anything other than basic amenities. Hope someone has a few suggestions, thanks.
May 13, 2014|
Response fromInyogirl|
What time of year?
caleb b
Los Angeles, California
choosing a campground in Sequoia/Inyo... help! (2 Replies)
I'm traveling up from LA into the Sierra national parks region and am looking for a secluded, tent-only campground with access to good hiking trails. This is my first time camping in the Sequoia/King's Canyon region, and I'd love some guidance from someone that's been camping here. I've heard that Cold Springs campground in the Mineral King region of Sequoia National Park is pretty spectacular and relatively quiet... I've also heard that the campgrounds near Bishop in the Inyo National Forest...More
July 01, 2013|
Response fromcaleb b|
Thanks so much for the info... Might you have any thoughts or knowledge about the various campgrounds in the Bishop region of Inyo? I'm leaning toward trying to find a spot at Cold Spring in Sequoia, but I could be swayed if there's a particularly wonderful place not to be missed farther north in Inyo... In any case, thanks for responding!