Looking for a great trail in Inyo National Forest, California? AllTrails has 113 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 56 moderate trails in Inyo National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 42.6 miles and from 4,373 to 13,664 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Completed the hike as a day hike yesterday with my girlfriend, 16 hours total including breaks etc. Despite having Summited last year, was very challenging, be sure to train. Departed 4 AM, as wanted to hit the more technical sections in day light. Weather forecast was allowing for luxury of hitting summit later. Took 3 liters of water each with plan to refill at switchbacks, as I don’t filter there so is faster. However, switchback water source is frozen!! Fortunately, I had not traveled too much past Trail Camp when meeting hikers coming down that I asked to confirm. Cost me an hour to backtrack and refill at Trailcamp, but could have been worse. So please note, as of yesterday, THERE IS NO WATER SOURCE BEYOND TRAIL CAMP! Otherwise an epic day, breezy at Summit, but awesome!!

hiking
1 day ago

Emerald Lake and Skelton Lake are well worth the hike. We also added on a visit to the Sky Meadow.

hiking
1 day ago

Fantastic scenery! Had the trail to ourselves, except for a marmot and a few pikas.

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rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful morning hike. Not a lot of foot traffic for a Wednesday.

Hardest hike for me to date. We started at Whitney Portal and hiked to Trail Camp and camped there the first night to get acclimated. We started at 1030am and got to camp at 6pm. We did spend about an hour swimming and eating lunch at Lone Pine Lake and lots of breaks bc someone in our group was not feeling well from a cold. We woke up at 230am the next morning to get an early start to the summit. It took us 4 hrs just to get to Trail Crest. We watched the sunrise at Trail Crest and then continued the last two miles to the summit. Beautiful 360 view at the top! Definitely worth the pain I'm in right now. We hiked down to Trail Camp and packed our pack and hiked out same day bc one in our group was not feeling well. Made it back to the car at exactly 7pm. Whitney Portal to Trail Camp 7.5 hrs (incl 1 hr for swimming and lunch), with lots of breaks Trail Camp to Summit 6.25 hrs Summit to Trail Camp 3.25 hrs Trail Camp to Whitney Portal 3.5 hrs All of us came from sea level and 3 of my friends have never hiked a 14ers before but are in pretty good shape. Definitely turn back around if you don't feel right. 2 in my group had to turn back around 1 mile from summit bc they weren't feeling well.

backpacking
2 days ago

Spent a few nights here (Aug 18-20) and loved it! I felt like the climb up was a little rough. Maybe I didn’t give myself enough time to acclimate? (I live at sea level). We left the backpackers lot at 8 am. It took us longer than we anticipated, but made to the lake around 4. We were the last group to arrive and were still able to snag a great spot! The trail was easy to follow, and there were a couple of beautiful waterfalls, wildflowers and views the entire way. We did not see any wildlife except for a couple of playful fawns at Devils Postpile. The lake is absolutely gorgeous! However, the mosquitoes were out in full force. Sometimes I swear I still hear them buzzing around my ears. We DID NOT bring enough bug spray for three days, but luckily we met some really nice guys who gave us their extra. So thankful for them or else it would have been miserable.... We were planning on going over to Cecil and Iceberg Lake, but learned of a causality that happened on the route the week before. We decided not to take our chances and just spent a couple days exploring the lake and climbed up to see Deadhorse Lake. The first night was a little windy (it kept the bugs down though!) and the rest of the time it was perfect weather. Almost too perfect, as there were no clouds for a good sunrise or sunset. We really enjoyed ourselves, but will probably do it as a day hike next time.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! Great maintained trail. Super mellow and easy for the 2k gain. It’s a perfect combo of steady inclines and flats. Beautiful picturesque lake and the wildflowers are still going strong at the top. It was extremely windy the day I went and is very cold as winter is fast approaching. If you wander around the lake at all the hike is more like 15 miles round trip.

Great trail for the pups on a hot day. Pretty mellow, but crowded.

I’ve down this hike as a one day hike, 3 days with my son and coming from Crescent Meadow on a 6 day trip. The one day hike was rough. I loved 3 days with my son. One night before the summit, on the lake before the switch backs we were treated to a meteorite shower they continued for hours!!! Best memories with my son!

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked prior to 2018 wash out. Great look at Mining history

Really great hike! Totally dog friendly and overall easy terrain. Mild uphill trend, even getting up to the pass is a fairly simple switch back section. A bit of loose rock is most of the challenge but watching your step it’s very doable. Once over the pass the lakes are not far! Though they are very cold for swimming! Though refreshing!! Where AllTrails says to camp is an open rock and silt garden. It is flat but it’s also open to the elements. We backtracked and found a hidden spot just before lower Morgan lake. I’m sure you can find a good spot too! Windy and cold at night but not bugs to complain about!!

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no shade
off trail
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Decided to go off trail and head up this Beastly mountain So beautiful at the Top.

hiking
4 days ago

Short uphill to a beautiful lake. It was very windy at the top. Easy, enjoyable afternoon.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice hike with friends

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail, waterfalls along the way. Lots of wildflowers everywhere. It got super windy last night though, our tent was rattling the entire night up at the lake. Other than that, the views were incredible. Lots of interesting geology, green rocks, quartz. Easy stream crossings now that the snow has melted down.

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bugs
5 days ago

This was definitely the hardest day hike I have done. I started at 4:21 am and finished at 6:30pm. I come from 200’ above sea level but I’ve done hikes over 13,000’ so that may have helped me get to the summit with out to much trouble. I brought 6L of water and drank most of it.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike, nice day.

Wonderful trip! Did this on 9/14-15/2019 and conditions were perfect- no bugs, sunny but not too hot, not too cold at night. Was actually a little warmer at the campsite/hot springs at night than was shown on All Trails. Multiple river crossings, some a little technical but we managed to stay dry through all of them. Nice having a constant supply of fresh water! Trail is good too, a straight descent to the springs, and likewise straight ascent back, but gradual each way. Ascending back to the parking lot is definitely the harder day. Could do the trip in one day, but would definitely recommend doing an overnight. You’ll wanna stay and enjoy the hot springs. Springs themselves were excellent too! We lucked out and were the only ones there, if that happens it’s quite private and magical. Just north of the springs is a really great sandy camping spot, very comfy. Just wonderful all around!

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rocky
6 days ago

The final views at Minaret Lakes is one of the best backpacking destinations I’ve ever been to. For our first backpacking trip in California, it did not disappoint! The rugged and epic look of the Minarets makes you feel like you’re in the Grand Tetons or even better... Patagonia. Highly recommend.

Mosquitoes flat to Mack lake, heart lake, box lake, long lake, treasure lakes, gem lakes, chickenfoot lake. Greatest hike among all time. Super beautiful! With lazy ass hiking group.

Great morning hike. Started at 8am, cool weather, water crossings low. A little warm heading back down with no cloud cover but very enjoyable, moderate hike

Beautiful hike, great trail condition, may be hard if you come straight from sea level. Just go slow. Lots of water still flowing along parts of trail but nothing you really get wet from.

Great hike, beautiful mountain, dangerous experience! Left the portal trailhead around 2:00 am and got to trail camp just in time to witness the sunrise which was stunning! The trail was well marked and easy to follow even in the darkness. I refilled my 3 L water bottle and battled my way up the 99 switchbacks to trail crest. This is where things got dicey. I started feeling the effects of altitude but I began pushing through the ridgeline eventually making it to a place where the exposure ended around 13,500ft. Here is where I made my biggest mistake, I decided to keep pushing for the summit instead of turning around despite feeling nauseous and very short of breath. After about 2 hours of hiking I finally made it to the summit, took a quick picture and started heading down. I had ran out of water and knew that I needed to lose elevation as fast as possible. About half way through the ridgline my extremities started tingling and I felt like I was gonna pass out so I sat down and rested, unsure of what to do. After some time, a group of three hikers passed by and offered me water. I drank some and recovered enough to stick with those hikers and make it to the top of the switchbacks. The drop in elevation helped me tremendously and I felt good enough to make the hike all the way down to the portal. Overall the hike is very straight forward and relatively safe as long as you make smart decisions. Learning when to turn around is extremely important, it was nice summiting, however it was not worth it. Those 3 hikers definitely saved me.

Hiked this twice this summer, once in August and then again September 10th , both times it took about 7 hours to the top. It is gorgeous up there, and most have already covered the details, so I’ll give my take: Training: Cycling is by far the most appropriate training method, since it strengthens the quads. I bike about 120 miles with 10k feet average cumulative elevation per week. I ran one 5 mile canyon run and hiked one local trail per week. In the two months before Whitney, I hiked San Jacinto twice from Idlewild (16 miles, 4,500 feet). San Jacinto at 10,800 ft peak let me know how I’d handle the altitude. Acclimation: I stayed at the Whitney Portal campground for 3 days prior to the climb, and hiked to Lone Pine lake on day 1 and 3. Day 2 just stayed in camp, and dropped to Lone Pine for dinner. This helped with the “Hike high, sleep low” theory of acclimation. I didn’t have any issues with altitude during the hike. Clothing: First time I hiked it the temperature at the peak was 45 degrees. I wore Asics running shoes, shorts, long-sleeved shirt, cycling arm warmers, a hoodie windbreaker and a baseball hat with neck sunshade. I had to take the windbreaker off until we hit 11K feet, then the wind breaker stayed on the rest of the hike. I was dressed appropriately, although it rained for two hours after the start of our descent – I should have brought a 97 cent rain poncho from WalMart. Second time I hiked it the temperature at the peak was 32 degrees. I wore Salomon Trail running shoes (better than the Asics), hiking pants (convertible but never took off the leggings), long-sleeved shirt, cycling arm warmers, a hoodie windbreaker, a medium weight jacket, gloves and a skull cap. The jacket and skull cap went on at the 11K feet level, and I was dressed appropriately, never felt cold. The gloves were really helpful. Food and Water: For comparison, I’m 6’2” and 190 lbs. Started with 3L water pack and a 22oz cycling water bottle filled with 700 calories of a meal replacement. I hiked to the top and back to trail camp before pumping an extra 2L of water, and ended the hike with 1L left. I filled the water bottle with another 700 calories of meal replacement, and also ate 1 promax protein bar, 1 fig bar, 2 Welches fruit chews, and two PB&J sandwiches. Force yourself to eat and drink. I drank 4L water and 1.5L meal replacement and I felt really good. Although not food, I popped 2-3 Advils every four hours, for a total of 7 Advils. My pack weighed 17lbs with jacket and trekking poles when I entered, and 10 lbs when I returned. The Hike: If you pre-hike the first three miles a few days before to acclimate, take a bunch of pictures so you don’t have to take them on the way down while you’re tired and it’s getting dark. I used trekking poles on the way down only to keep pressure off the knees and quads. Most of all, ENJOY this hike!!

hiking
6 days ago

A favorite trail that I have hiked since 12 years old through young adulthood. Haven’t been back to this trail in 30 years; was excited to revisit! Switchbacks for the first mile, but nice shade. Lots of rocks and tree roots along the way, with a few rocky steps, some very high, so take your time on those for us older folks! Trekking poles were a godsend for me, and noticed that many people used them, young and old. I wore lightweight trail runners and they were perfect. Several people out hiking, some with their dogs and kids. everyone was in a cheerful mood, and the day was beautiful! (Wednesday sept 11th) the lake is beautiful as I remember! Very worthwhile walk, be sure to not miss this while in Mammoth!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome hike!

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