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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hiking
1 day ago

Worth the huff and puff to get to a beautiful lake. We hiked mid afternoon on a Sunday and passed a few people heading back. It was a steep hike with lots of switchbacks. There are plenty of spots to stop along the way to catch your breath and take in the wonderful mountain and lake views.

By far the most difficult hike I've done. Took altitude sickness medication as a precaution and ibuprofen. After several weeks of training, I headed to Lone Pine. Spent the night in the car at Whitney Portal to help acclimate with the altitude. Started the hike 1am. The key is to go at a slow and steady pace while enjoying the scenery. By the time I arrived at the 99 switchbacks, the sun was up. I have to admit the switchbacks were very challenging, but then I realized the trail crest was just as tough. Drink plenty of water and eat often, even if you don't have the urge to do so. Summited by 10am and the view is phenomenal. Enjoy your time at the top, give your legs a break because going back down is just as difficult. The hike was more strenuous than I thought. Take your time and get much needed breaks along the way. I made it back to whitney portal by 8pm. Mt. Whitney summit on a one day trip is extremely difficult and it is an accomplishment that you should be proud of. IG: @batman_fw

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

Really beautiful hike. Probably need a high clearance 4x4 to get to the trailhead. We parked about a mile away and hiked. The hike out is all uphill with very little relief and hardly any shade (so wear sunscreen!) but the views and the lake make it worth it.

off road driving
2 days ago

Beautiful views,good off-road trail to the lake, great camping right on the lake. Make sure your vehicle has 4wd and some clearance.

The direction I took was gem lake first around to at ew lake. No shade: definitely start as early as possible maybe even before sunrise. The first three miles to gem lake are completely exposed. Bugs: then you get shade but you also get thousands of bugs. Unable to stop and catch your breath unless you want to be eaten alive. After you hit Clark lakes and continue with the hike.... it is absolutely beautiful. The views were amazing and definitely felt like hiking in the sierras; maybe two miles of this nice scenery. Rocky and scramble: the trailer became nothing but rocks and gravel until past Agnew lake. It was hard to see if I was on the right trail.

off road driving
2 days ago

Beautiful views, nice trek up into the mountains. Laurel lake is beautiful, don’t miss it!

hiking
3 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

hiking
3 days ago

Good hike with some steep inclines with lots of switch Backs. Views were amazing, the workout was good. Bring your Camer. Not too difficult, but enough for a couple hour hike with nice views.

hiking
3 days ago

Excellent trail condition. Amazing views.

Such amazing views of June Lake & Gull Lake! Uphill right off the bat and doesn’t quit until your basically at the top. We didn’t loop around because we could t get enough of that view!

We do Horseshoe Lake to Red’s Meadow early in the morning and get to the cafe just in time for a breakfast break! Not a bad hike going that direction since most of the burn/blowdown area is on the downhill. Coming back the other way gets a bit warm since there is little shade on the Red’s Meadow side of the pass. Not many natural water stops for the dogs (just 2 small springs near Red’s Meadow). Still, a nice hike with an awesome rest stop mid-way!

off road driving
4 days ago

Great off road single track trail to a beautiful lake. You will need a vehicle with decent clearance. Our FJ with the TRD package and 35s had little problem. While this trail is rated moderate, there are some rock sections you have to be careful and if you don't have good clearance a spotter might be needed. Also some shale sections that will scare the less adventurous. Beautiful views!

hiking
bridge out
4 days ago

hiking
bugs
4 days ago

I love this trail. This is our second time doing this trail. There were a ton of mosquitos. Even with picaridin lotion and spray I got a lot of bites. We also hiked up to chocolate peak which I would wholly recommend because it’s just gorgeous up there!

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

By now, most people know how beautiful and difficult this trail is, but I want to share some tips that made our summit successful on 8/6. We left at 3:45am, summited at 12pm, and finished at 8pm. Not the fastest, but slow and steady wins the race. I was so nervous about altitude sickness, but I researched and read many experiences from those who completed or didn’t complete the trail. The day before summiting, we hiked to Lone Pine lake to get a feel for the trail and the altitude at 10,000 ft. AllTrails lists it as about 550’ gain per mile on average, but it ranges 500-700’ gain per mile as you get closer to the summit. The hardest part for us was hiking down and then back up after Trail Crest. I started with 4 liters of water, topped off at the falls just before Trail camp (once you get to 99 switchbacks there is no reliable water until you come back down) and had about 7 liters total that day. Lots of electrolytes (gels, powder, gummies) and easy, quick snacks like bars, jerky, and trail mix. Used Acli-mate a few days before and during the hike. Remember to take breaks when you need them, listen to your body, eat something small even if you’re not hungry, have a few sips of water often rather than a lot only on your breaks, bring sunscreen (even SPF lip balm!), have fun, and take it all in when you reach the highest peak in the lower 48! This is a bucket list hike for sure!

I would characterize this as a pond, not a lake. We didn’t let our dogs swim or drink in it. The view of the mountains behind the lake is incredible, it is worth the hike. Easy hike good for families and kids. (If you keep going past the pond and take duck pass you can get to the much more spectacular Skelton lake, but it’s a steep haul for a half mile). Very very buggy.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 days ago

Steep switchbacks up al the way, difficult but manageable for two overweight out of shapers. So many great views. Lots of spots to stop and rest or take a good pic. The lake is beautiful, cold, and good for swimming. The mountain backdrop against the lake is really pretty. Good for dogs. Bugs were horrendous even drenched in bug spray, they swarmed- our fault for going in the afternoon. Go in morning if you can.

hiking
5 days ago

Hot and exposed. Best be done early.

hiking
5 days ago

Super beautiful easy short hike .

Great easy hike for families with kids.

We competed this trail yesterday, 8/13/19. The weather was perfect. The trail was great until we were close to the summit and there was icy snow. Most people were able to get up and through it with just their hiking poles. My husband didn’t use anything and was fine getting up it. Definitely bring sunscreen. Enjoy your hike!

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

We did the out and back on 08/03/19. Left 5:15 and summited by 11:30. Back to portal at 6 pm. This was a pretty good pace that allow me to stop and observe birds, plants, take pics, etc. The trip down much harder on the body. No weather. The only snow encountered was the very short (200 m) patch near the top of Whitney. This was a Saturday and loads of people were encountered and that’s the only significant detraction. With that many people, you do have plenty of fun and interesting conversations if you want them. We passed a beautiful couple in their 70s maybe who had already summited after overnighting at one of the camps. Another elderly woman was well on her way to the top. Bugs were near 0, water crossings easy, very little water in trail, but plenty to fill up bottles. If I do this again, I’m doing mountaineers route.

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