Exploring the Bodie HillsThis is the greatest joy. Get out there, go see it. Get your socks dirty, and take someone new with you, take someone young.

On foot, skis or 4x4, Friends of the Inyo gets people outside to share the stories of this place and grow the family of people who will love and care for the Eastern Sierra today and tomorrow.

Exploration Programs

Exploration outings - Each year, Friends of the Inyo leads numerous outings to explore public lands. From Chocolate Mountain high above Eureka and Deeps Springs Valley to Glass Creek Meadow in the Owens River Headwaters to regularly scheduled, free naturalist tours in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, there is no better way to explore your backyard than with Friends. Click here to check out our calendar of events.

Get Out - To aid in the exploration of this place, we've created a series of ersatz hiking guides - short descriptions of great places. All of these have also been featured in our bi-annual newsletter, the Jeffrey Pine Journal.

Mammoth Lakes Nordic Trail System - For the 2015-2016 winter season, in partnership with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest, Friends of the Inyo will be providing grooming on the winter trail system established through the hard work of Mammoth Nordic. Meandering through Old and New Shady Rest campgrounds, this groomed, non-motorized winter trail system is open to skate skiers, classic striders, snowshoers, and walkers. This free winter trail system can be accessed by parking in the upper parking lot at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and a short walk to the trailhead right in front of the visitors center. In partnership with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest, Friends of the Inyo plans to provide grooming five days a week from December 15 to March 15 depending on snow conditions with funding from Measure R. For grooming updates, follow Friends of the Inyo on Facebook. A map of the groomed system can be downloaded below. 

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