What’s Happening

For two decades, Friends of the Inyo has put hands on the land every summer season. We work to keep trails safe and clean, and to keep trailheads and other popular recreation spots beautiful and inviting. Normally, we host several volunteer clean-up events throughout the summer. But unfortunately, this summer is different.

As you have likely noticed, our Eastern Sierra public lands are being negatively affected by the recent surge of visitation and intense use. These effects are compounded by both the inability to hold clean-up events and a lack of resources caused by the pandemic. So, trash litters our trails and collects in our water. We can’t stand by and let that happen.

trash_Amanda Spencer-Stevens
Trash_Marie Boyd
trash_Brianna Rose
What Can I Do
  • Make a Donation

Help us raise $10,000 to extend the season of our Trail Ambassador Crew to address the impacts of the 2020 summer season.

  • Join us in picking up trash at your favorite spots!

Going on a day hike? Bring a grocery bag to fill. Going into the backcountry? Bring an extra ziplock for the trash you find. Want to be like our Trail Ambassador Lindsay? Bring heavy-duty garbage bags and fill them up!

  • Join the Eastern Sierra Trash Eliminators on Facebook!

The Sierra Trash Eliminators is a group dedicated to eliminating trash here in the Eastern Sierra. Friends of the Inyo proudly supports them, having donated a dozen trash grabbers and hundreds of trash bags. Join the group to find safe and socially-distant clean up events as well as discussion on what areas need our attention. Click here to request to join their group on Facebook.

  • Win prizes! We’ll be giving away prizes all summer long.

Post your photos on social media using the hashtag  and tag  in your photo to enter our giveaway. A post will be chosen at random every Friday to win a prize.

1. Post a photo of you picking up trash on Instagram or Facebook
2. Use the hash tag #DontTrashTheTrails
3. Tag @FriendsoftheInyo in your photo
4. Tag two friends who love keeping the Eastern Sierra as clean as you do!

Prizes include:

  • Art prints by local artist Ann Piersall Logan
  • Hats by AnnP Hats
  • A copy of local author Kendra Atleework’s new book, “Miracle Country”
  • Patagonia hats
  • Friends of the Inyo shirts, hats, and Klean Kanteen pint cups!

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Buttermilk MLK Volunteer Event

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