Jeffrey Pine Forest

Inyo National Forest

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Looking west toward Mono Craters and the Jeffrey pine forest.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine trees are known for their distinctly sweet smell.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Deep pumice sand fills the ruts of access roads, and four-wheel drive is recommended.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • A glimpse of the Mono Craters through the Jeffrey pine forest.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • A little pumice flat. - Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine cones.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Indiana Summit Research Natural Area.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Mono Craters.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Like bristlecone pines, Jeffrey pines become gnarled and twisted with age.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine forest.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Looking south into Long Valley.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Clark Canyon.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • The Sierra Nevada and the world's largest Jeffrey pine forest.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine trees.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine forest from Owens River Road.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Minarets and the Sawtooth Range of the Sierra Nevada.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine forest. - Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Bald Mountain and Clark Canyon.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • Jeffrey pine forest from Owens River Road.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • The Sierras and the world's largest Jeffrey pine forest.- Jeffrey Pine Forest
  • - Jeffrey Pine Forest
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Abundant access roads. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
No services.
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Alerts: 
A fallen tree is blocking 1S92, though many suitable alternatives are passable.
Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The largest Jeffrey pine forest in the world grows in a little-travelled area of Inyo National Forest. East of the Mono Craters, a network of dirt roads spans the vast open space. 

Known for their distinctively sweet scent, Jeffrey pine trees are a hardy species capable of growing in nutrient-poor serpentine soils. At the base of the Mono Craters, large pumice fields and sparse rainfall dictate that sagebrush, Jeffrey pines, and little other vegetation take root.

The Bodie Railway and Lumber Company harvested Jeffrey pines in the 1880s to supply the booming mining towns of Bodie and Aurora with lumber for construction and to stoke the fires of steam pumps. What remains of Mono Mills can be seen at a small historical site alongside Highway 120.

Roads through the Jeffrey pine forest are plentiful. Deep ruts are filled with sandy pumice; an all-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. The forested high plain gives way to spectacular views of Long Valley and the Sierra at Indiana Summit. For a higher vantage point, follow 1S05 to the top of Bald Mountain.

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