In July, Friends of the Inyo explored the Glass Mountains with about ten participants. Unique to the Eastern Sierra, the Glass Mountains run east-west and connect the Sierra Nevada to the Great Basin. This range is home to rare plant species like the Mono Lake Lupine, and provides the opportunity for species to connect between bio regions. Also, it’s just a darn beautiful place to spend a day.
We began our hike at Sawmill Meadows, and wandered up the trail to the summit of Glass Mountain.
In the summer of 2016, the Inyo National Forest received comments on its draft management plan. This was an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on how the forest should be managed. This was also an opportunity for a place like the Glass Mountains to be further protected with a wilderness designation recommendation. Because of its uniqueness and its beauty, we hope to see a wilderness recommendation for the Glass Mountains in the Inyo National Forest’s final management plan.
Looking out, imagining the possibilities.