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Mono Lake Ranger District

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Description - The Mono Lake Ranger District is the northernmost district in the Inyo National Forest and extends from US Highway 395 to the north of Mono City down the Mammoth Lake Ranger District border to the north of Lake Crowley. This area offers accessible recreation opportunities including water sports, boating, trailer camping, and winter recreation. The district office is located in the town of Lee Vining near Mono Lake.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities in the Mono Lake Area include but are not limited to boating and swimming, stock packing and backpacking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Climate - Deep snow often covers the middle elevations from December to May, but subzero temperatures are rare. Precipitation falls mostly between January and mid-May, but thunderstorms, rain and even snow can occur at any time of year.

Temperatures vary with elevation. In the summer, daytime temperatures often exceed 100 degrees F in the foothills, but seldom exceed 90 degrees at higher elevations. Even in the summer, backpackers in the high country can encounter nighttime temperatures in the low 30's, and occasionally even in the 20's. In any season, it is wise to bring clothing that can be "layered". Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - This ranger district is located in the northern portion of the Inyo National Forest where it extends south from Mono Lake. US Hwy. 395 runs through the center of the district.

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Report: We decided to go up to Saddlebag lake,the road was snowed in so we hiked up. Was alot of fun but exhausting, if you attempt this be sure to bring enough water and sunblock. When we returned to camp we were very burnt and dehydrated due to not being well prepared for the hike. It is a memorable experience, and we have done this hike several times since then but w/water and sunblock. Be safe & prepared & Enjoy.

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Inyo National Forest - The Inyo National Forest is a unique and special area of public land located along the eastern edge of California and the Sierra Nevada. It extends 165 miles, from the Mono Lake area, south beyond the Owens Valley.


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