Inyo National Forest - White Mountain Ranger District

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Trail Distance: 100 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr+
Elevation Gain: 3623 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description
The Inyo National Forest - White Mountain Ranger District stretches from the Sierra Nevadas to the Inyo Mountains, and is divided into 6 broad areas which contain over 30 trails reaching over 14,000 feet at White Mountain itself. Some trails are less than .5 miles, while others stretch to 20 miles or longer. Day hikes and backpacking are available, with differing amenities. Most trailheads have a vault toilet, and some have water, but it's best to carry enough for both you and your fur buddy. Others also have picnic areas with tables. Camping and campfire regulations vary, so be sure to check with the ranger.


The White Mountain District features several disparate terrains from high desert to lush valleys containing lakes, meadows and creeks. Hundreds of lakes and springs lie within its borders, and stream crossings are required on many of the trails. Some trails are accessible in winter, others are not maintained or passable. Roads that allow you to drive to the trailheads can be windy, steep and narrow. Standard passenger cars may find them impossible to maneuver.

One of the popular trails is the Baker and Green Lakes Trail in the Big Pine Area, which extends 21 miles from its trailhead at Glacier Lodge on the road of the same name. This out-and-back path winds past several lakes and meadows, and features abundant wildflowers in the spring and summer. It's beginning section traverses several miles of sage-covered slopes, from which a climb over a ridge treats you with a furtastic view of Disappointment Peak. Eventually, it descends into Bishop Creek Canyon. You and your pup may spy Bighorn Sheep on this trail. 

The Methuselah Loop Trail is a popular route because of its relative shortness and elevation gains. In spring and summer it's resplendent with wildflowers - and mosquitoes. Its length of 4 miles rises about 826 feet on a gradual incline.

Whether you venture a climb up White Mountain Peak's 15-mile, high altitude trail, or amble casually along the .4-mile Discover Trail, or one of the other 30 trails here, it's a sure bet that you and Fido will reap furbulous views, crisp clear air and refreshing water throughout this gorgeous region. 

Trail Features
Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, River, Desert, Diverse Landscape, Mountains
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic, Hot Springs
Cautions & Considerations

This area is home to mountain lions and black bears, so be prepared. Check in with the Ranger Station before going to a trailhead to determine trail accessibility and hazards.

Address
351 Pacu Ln, Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514
Hours
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Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
351 Pacu Ln, Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514
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