Inyo National Forest - Mono Lake Ranger District

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Trail Distance: 20 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

Inyo National Forest is a massive parcel of wilderness that includes the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and the White Mountains. Since it is so vast, it has been divided into four districts. The Mono Lake Ranger District sits at the north end of the forest. If your pooch is up for some top notch exploring, this is the pawfect place to go. 

There are several trails to choose from in the Inyo National Forest Mono Lake Ranger District. If your pooch wants to hike to a mountain lake that’s surrounded by 12,000 foot peaks, then the Park Lake Trail is a great option. The Yost and Fern Lakes Trail is another pawsome option. It leads to a pair of lakes nestled among aspen and pine trees. For a truly puptacular experience, follow the Glacier Canyon Trail to Dana Lake. From here, your doggo can get a good look at the majestic Mount Dana and its glacier. If you have an athletic pup, check out the Lundy Canyon Trail. You will encounter some steep slopes, but the waterfalls make it worth it. No matter where you hike, you and your four legged companion will be treated with epic views of staggering peaks and wild terrain.  

Yosemite National Park makes up the district’s western border. This park has strict dog regulations. Some of the Mono Lake Ranger District’s trails cross into Yosemite, so be sure to know where your pup is allowed to hike. Some of the district’s trails require permits, and only allow a certain number of hikers at a time. Research the area your pup wants to hike so you can be as prepared as possible. Begin your hike with plenty of water for both you and your furry friend. Keep in mind restrooms and water sources are limited in availability.

Make no mistake, your pooch will love hiking in the Inyo National Forest Mono Lake Ranger District!

Trail Features
Mountains, Diverse Landscape, River, Forest, Steep Inclines, Rocky
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Mountain lions and bears inhabit this area. Make plenty of noise as you travel along the trail so as not to surprise one of these reclusive creatures. Also, keep your pooch close.
Address
US-395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
Hours
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Address
US-395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours