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Inyo National Forest, CA – Hiking

The most rewarding hike for you and your dog!

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    The most rewarding hike for you and your dog!

    Special Interest: BikingCampingHikingSports - Winter

    Inyo National Forest (Bishop, CA) offers a lot of activities, such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, and skiing.

    One of the most popular destinations within Inyo National Forest is the Mt. Whitney Trail. The Forest Service also has more information about the Mt. Whitney Trail. The Mt. Whitney Zone does require a permit, but if you are traveling from Inyo National Forest and not going past Lone Pine Lake you won’t need a permit, unless you are going overnight. The hike is basically dog friendly for the first 8 miles until you hit Trail Crest where you need to turn back. This is a very difficult, but rewarding trail with uphill climbs, sunny patches, stream crossings, lakes, and a waterfall. GPS Coordinates 36.587022, – 118.240131 Map). takes care of permits and reservations. If you want to hike up Mt. Whitney you’ll need to enter a lottery in February and sorry, no dogs.

    Other hiking considerations include: Mono Lake, Reds Meadow, Mammoth Lakes, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Hiking trails are well maintained. Dogs need to be on leash or can follow verbal commands. Additional rules can be found here.

    Considering crossing over to another park? You’ll need a permit starting in Inyo National Forest which are available at visitor centers. Some permits are available for reservation online – search for “Inyo National Forest – Wilderness Permits, CA.” Nearby parks that allow dogs on hiking trails include: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra National Forest (west side access near Florence Lake and Lake Edison), John Muir Wilderness (not adjacent to national parks), and Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest. Dogs are not allowed in National Parks, which include Kings Canyon and Sequoia.

    GPS Coordinates: 37.3625522, -118.4108989 Map

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    Location: Bishop, CA | California
    Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking, Camping, Skiing

    TAGS: Bishop, California, Camping, Hiking, Inyo National Forest, Mountain Biking, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Whitney Trail, Skiing, Walking

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Insect Repellent, Booties or Paw Protection

    Safety: Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog, especially if you have a puppy or a dog that is not fully vaccinated. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Dogs must be on leash or controlled by verbal command. Bears are in the area so proceed with caution. Before you head out, note what altitude level you will be at. Dogs and humans have been known to get altitude sickness even starting at 6,000 feet.

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