Hiking Big Pine Lakes- Inyo National Forest California
Deep within the Inyo National Forest are 7 glacial fed lakes called the Big Pine Lakes. On this hike I started at the Big Pine Creek Campground outside Big Pine California and hiked to three of the seven lakes via the North Fork Trail.
Total Miles 13.7 RT
Hours: 6-7 hours
Trailhead is 90 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes or 40 minutes north of Lone Pine.
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California: Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest covers parts of the eastern Sierra Nevada of California and the White Mountains of California and Nevada. The forest hosts several superlatives, including Mount Whitney, the highest point in the Contiguous United States; Boundary Peak, the highest point in Nevada; and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that protects the oldest trees in the world.
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Inyo National Forest is a United States National Forest covering parts of the eastern Sierra Nevada of California and the White Mountains of California and Nevada.The forest hosts several superlatives, including Mount Whitney, the highest point in the Contiguous United States; Boundary Peak, highest point in Nevada; and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that protects the oldest trees in the world.
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Mount Whitney, Inyo National Forest, California | PCT 2014
From the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. Recorded during a 1,000 mile jaunt on the Pacific Crest Trail in the summer of 2014
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Lake Mary Campground (Inyo National Forest) in Mammoth Lakes, California
Mount Whitney Portal, Inyo, California
Mount Whitney is the highest mountain peak (4421 meters) in the contiguous 48 states of the United States of America, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains east of the Central Valley of California. Mount Whitney straddles the border between Inyo and Tulare counties. The east slope of Mount Whitney is Inyo National Forest. This forest is a low-density pine forest with a few scrubs and many streams and bodies of fresh water.
The campground for Mount Whitney portal starts at 2500 m in elevation, and is already freezing cold throughout most of the day in October, even in this record hot year of 2012. Despite the cold and short amount of daytime, one should bring large quantities of water and sunblock, as the light from the sun has much less atmospheric molecules to pass through and thus the ultraviolet light exposure to the skin is much greater than down in the chaparral and deserts of California, causing much faster and stronger sunburns. Many parts of the trail are snowy or icy, and there are multiple water crossings, so hikers are required to have good balance and to wear thick hiking shoes with a lot of traction on the soles. As the signs at the end of the video state, people have died trying to get to the summit of Mount Whitney. Some of these deaths are from the usual causes, while there are reports of hikers ignoring incoming storm reports and exploding from lighting strikes or getting trapped by blizzards. The first person who died on Mount Whitney (I'm sure Native Americans died here first over the millenia) in United States history got blown up by lightning.
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Creekside Inn - Bishop - Bishop (California) - United States
Creekside Inn - Bishop hotel city: Bishop (California) - Country: United States
Address: 725 North Main Street; zip code: CA 93514
Situated in Bishop, California town centre and a short walk from the Inyo National Forest, this hotel boasts a year-round outdoor hot tub and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Bishop Eastern Sierra Regional Airport is a 5-minute drive from the hotel.
-- Situé dans le centre-ville de Bishop, en Californie, et à quelques pas de la forêt nationale d'Inyo, cet hôtel possède un bain à remous extérieur ouvert toute l'année ainsi qu'une piscine extérieure ouverte en saison.
-- Este hotel situado en el centro de Bishop, California, está a un paseo del bosque nacional Inyo. Tiene una piscina de hidromasaje al aire libre, abierta durante todo el año, y una piscina al aire libre, abierta en temporada.
-- Im Stadtzentrum von Bishop, Kalifornien empfängt Sie dieses Hotel nur einen kurzen Spaziergang vom Inyo National Forest entfernt. Es bietet Ihnen einen ganzjährig geöffneten Whirlpool im Freien und einen saisonalen Außenpool.
-- Dit hotel ligt in het centrum van Bishop, Californië, op korte loopafstand van het Inyo National Forest. Het biedt een seizoensgebonden buitenzwembad en een hot tub in de openlucht, die het hele jaar door geopend is.
-- Ubicato nel centro cittadino, a pochi passi dalla foresta nazionale di Inyo e a 5 minuti di auto dall'aeroporto regionale di Bishop Eastern Sierra, questo hotel di Bishop, in California, propone durante tutto l'anno una vasca idromassaggio esterna e...
-- Este hotel está situado em Bishop, no centro da cidade de Califórnia, a poucos passos da Floresta Nacional de Inyo e dispõe de uma piscina de hidromassagem exterior aberta durante todo ao ano e de uma piscina exterior sazonal.
-- カリフォルニア州ビショップの町の中心部に位置し、インヨー国立の森から徒歩ですぐです。屋外ホットタブ（通年営業）と屋外スイミングプール（季節限定）を併設しています。ビショップ・イースタン・シエラ地域空港から車で5分です。 Creekside Innでは、全室で無料Wi-Fiに接続可能です。客室は空調完備で、サクラ材のワークデスク、チェア、薄型テレビ、冷蔵庫、紅茶/コーヒーメーカーが備わります。 Creekside Inn...
-- 这家酒店位于加利福尼亚州Bishop镇中心，距离Inyo国家森林仅有几步之遥，距离Bishop Eastern Sierra区域机场有5分钟车程，并设有全年开放的室外热水浴池和季节性开放的室外游泳池。 Creekside Inn酒店的所有客房均设有免费无线网络连接、温控系统以及樱桃木办公桌椅。此外，平面电视、冰箱和沏茶/咖啡设备也是所有客房的标准配置。 客人可以在Creekside Inn Bishop酒店的溪畔露台欣赏到Eastern Sierra Nevada...
-- Hotel ten usytuowany jest w centrum miasta Bishop w stanie Kalifornia, kilka minut spacerem od lasu państwowego Inyo National Forest. Obiekt oferuje dostępną przez cały rok wannę z hydromasażem na świeżym powietrzu oraz sezonowy odkryty basen.
-- Этот отель находится в центре Бишопа, штат Калифорния, в нескольких минутах ходьбы от национального леса Иньо и в 5 минутах езды от регионального аэропорта Восточная Сьерра.
-- Detta hotell ligger i Bishop i Kaliforniens centrum och en kort promenad från Inyo National Forest. Här finns en året runt-öppen bubbelpool utomhus och en säsongsöppen utomhuspool.
-- يقع هذا الفندق في Bishop في وسط مدينة كاليفورنيا على بعد مسافة سير قصيرة من غابة Inyo الوطنية، ويتميز بحوض استحمام ساخن في الهواء الطلق على مدار السنة، ومسبح موسمي في الهواء الطلق.
-- Dette hotellet ligger i Bishop i sentrum av California, en kort spasertur fra Inyo National Forest, og kan skilte med et helårsåpent utendørs boblebad og et sesongbasert utendørsbasseng.
497-Onion Valley Road, over 8% climb to the top
We are just leaving Grays Meadows campground at 2000’ elevation above the sea level, headed up Onion Valley Road which is a very steep road located in the Eastern Sierra Inyo National Forest.
The road actually starts in the town of Independence, two videos before this one, at 3,994 feet elevation above the sea level.
It’s is 13 miles long to Onion Valley and the end of the road is at 9,163 feet elevation above the sea level.
As you will see, it’s a very tough steep climb with lots of switchbacks, and a dramatic section of them about halfway up the climb is the highlight, as it offers huge exposure and views over the Owens Valley.
Over this distance, the elevation gain is an average 7.6 % grade.
The road is usually open from May to November, depending on snow conditions. Trailers are not recommended; tent trailers are permissible.
The grade ramps up as you ascend, with the last ten miles averaging over 8 percent.
Onion Valley road is rated as the most difficult road bike climb in California, and #6 in the United States.
At the top is Onion Valley campground, the Bubbs Creek trail head and pack station.
With that said, Onion Valley is at the top of one of the toughest and most scenic climbs in California and should be on your short list.
So stick around and go on the ride to the top.
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Inyo National Forest is a United States National Forest covering parts of the eastern Sierra Nevada of California and the White Mountains of California and Nevada. The forest hosts several superlatives, including Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States; Boundary Peak, highest point in Nevada; and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that protects the oldest trees in the world. The forest, encompassing much of Owens Valley, was established by Theodore Roosevelt as a way of sectioning off land to accommodate the Los Angeles Aqueduct project in 1907, making the Inyo National Forest one of the least wooded forests in the United States' system.
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Brook Trout in Mount Whitney Portal, Inyo, California
Brook trout, or Salvelinus fontinalis, is also called the Eastern brook trout. It has been introduced to California in places such as here in Mount Whitney Portal in Inyo County, California. Naturalized brook trout here in California have lived up to 15 years of age, whereas the more typical age maximum is 7 years in the Eastern United States; like many introduced or invasive species, the brook trout seems to do even better in California's environments. The brook trout is a species of fish in the salmon family of order Salmoniformes. In many parts of its range, it is known as the speckled trout or squaretail. A potamodromous population in Lake Superior is known as coaster trout or, simply, as coasters. Though commonly called a trout, the brook trout is actually a char, along with lake trout, bull trout, Dolly Varden and the Arctic char. The brook trout is the state fish for eight states: Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.
Individuals normally spend their entire lives in fresh water, but some, called salters or sea-run, may spend up to three months at sea in the spring, not straying more than a few kilometers from the river mouth. The fish return upstream to spawn in the late summer or autumn. The female constructs a depression in a location in the stream bed, sometimes referred to as a redd, where groundwater percolates upward through the gravel. One or more males approaches the female, fertilizing the eggs as the female expresses them. The eggs are slightly denser than water. The female then buries the eggs in a small gravel mound; they hatch in 95 to 100 days.