The favorite stomping grounds of John Muir, Inyo National Forest is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country – jagged peaks, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, and huge aspen groves. Stretching across both sides of the Owens Valley, this region encompasses both the Sierra Nevada – where you can climb Mount Whitney and claim the tallest summit in the Lower 48 – as well as the White Mountains – where you can hike among some of the oldest living things on the planet.

Viewing 29 of 29 Hikes

North Lake Road

North Lake Road

Distance: 0.5 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 10 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Mexican Mine

Mexican Mine

Distance: 1 mi

Time: .5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 80 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Rock Creek Lake

Rock Creek Lake

Distance: 1.6 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Robinson Lake

Robinson Lake

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Convict Lake

Convict Lake

Distance: 3.3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Parker Lake

Parker Lake

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 646 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Tuttle Creek Ashram

Tuttle Creek Ashram

Distance: 3.5 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1432 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Methuselah Walk

Methuselah Walk

Distance: 4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 624 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lundy Canyon

Lundy Canyon

Distance: 4.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1200 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Ruby Lake

Ruby Lake

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Treasure Lakes

Treasure Lakes

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1465 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Sherwin Lakes

Sherwin Lakes

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

South Lake to Long Lake

South Lake to Long Lake

Distance: 5.5 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1843 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Devil’s Postpile and Rainbow Falls

Devil’s Postpile and Rainbow Falls

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 548 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

McGee Creek Canyon

McGee Creek Canyon

Distance: 6.6 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1210 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Emerald Lakes via Sabrina Basin

Emerald Lakes via Sabrina Basin

Distance: 7.2 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1721 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Horton Lakes

Horton Lakes

Distance: 8.6 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1946 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Big Pine Lakes via the North Fork of Big Pine Creek

Big Pine Lakes via the North Fork of Big Pine Creek

Distance: 9.2 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3000 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Meysan Lakes

Meysan Lakes

Distance: 10.6 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4200 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Duck Lake

Duck Lake

Distance: 10.2 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3312 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Jordan Hot Springs

Jordan Hot Springs

Distance: 11.5 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 3000 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

South Fork Big Pine Creek to Finger Lake

South Fork Big Pine Creek to Finger Lake

Distance: 11.5 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4300 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Thousand Island Lake

Thousand Island Lake

Distance: 15.6 mi

Time: 10 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4561 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Kearsarge Basin

Kearsarge Basin

Distance: 17.7 mi

Time: 12 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4400 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier via Sam Mack Meadow

Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier via Sam Mack Meadow

Distance: 17.4 mi

Time: 24 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4060 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

Distance: 22 mi

Time: 48 hrs

Elevation Gain: 6130 ft

Difficulty: Expert

Cottonwood Lakes Loop

Cottonwood Lakes Loop

Distance: 23.2 mi

Time: 72 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4040 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Onion Valley to Mount Whitney

Onion Valley to Mount Whitney

Distance: 49.1 mi

Time: 120 hrs

Elevation Gain: 11500 ft

Difficulty: Expert

High Sierra Trail

High Sierra Trail

Distance: 72.1 mi

Time: 168 hrs

Elevation Gain: 19000 ft

Difficulty: Expert

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