White Mountain Ranger Station
The White Mountain Ranger District headquarters and ESIA bookstore is located at the north end of downtown Bishop, California, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 and Yaney.
The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (closed for lunch in the off season of winter). Call ahead: 760.873-2500
With knowledgeable staff on hand to help plan your visit, the center provides a wide selection of maps and books, as well as backcountry permits and information about current conditions. Several interpretive programs are offered in the summer (check with staff), while permanent exhibits detailing the indigenous populations and early settlers are sited around the grounds. Picnic tables are also available for those who want to enjoy the shady location surrounded by small waterways and waterbirds. Nearby, the adjacent city park hosts numerous festivals from spring to fall.
The White Mountain District stretches across eastern California, from south of Big Pine north to McGee Creek near Crowley Lake. It encompasses nearly 1 million acres within the Inyo National Forest, including much of the White and Inyo mountains and the eastern Sierra Nevada.
Endless miles of trails can be accessed from this central location for day hikes or longer backpacking adventures heading into the John Muir Wilderness and beyond. Sport climbers will delight in exploring the boulders of the renowned Buttermilks, while those who prefer longer climbs can attempt White Mountain Peak (the third highest point in California at 14,246 ft/4,342 m) or Boundary Peak (Nevada's highest peak at 13,143 ft/4,006 m). Home to the oldest living trees in the world, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is also a favorite destination. The region's endless miles of waterways and numerous lakes also draw sport fisherman from near and far, playing the region's fresh cold waters for numerous species of trout, including California's state fish, the Golden Trout. If you come, don't forget your pole or your camera!