At almost 3,000 square miles, Inyo National Forest offers tons of epic hiking trails, including the highest point in the lower 48, Mt Whitney. Intersected by the excellent road-trip route 395, there are many great hikes for all levels. Don’t forget to leave your parks pass on your dashboard during these hikes.
"Inyo" is a Native American word for "dwelling place of the great spirit."
Inyo NF has the least forest cover of any National Forest. Most of the trails here are in arid and rocky conditions.
Prepare for extreme weather. Inyo NF is generally at altitude and has temperature extremes. Check the forecast before your hike, check the park website listed on each guide for closures, and check for snow on the trail.