About Our Team:

We are a dedicated group of volunteers called upon to provide search and rescue services to all reaches of Inyo County, CA. As an independent non-profit 501c3 organization, we partner with the Inyo County Sheriff's Office to better provide services.

In emergency situations we assist members of the public in distress in areas inaccessible by paved roads. We also assist Search and Rescue teams in other counties of California when additional rescuers are needed for large scale or complex missions.

Inyo County is home to the highest and lowest points in the lower 48 states … Mt. Whitney at 14,495 feet above sea level and Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley. The Eastern Sierra is a rugged and sparsely populated area of California with diverse geographical terrain and extreme weather conditions. It is a popular tourist destination with over 5 million visitors annually.

The team responds to an average of 50 emergencies per year, the majority of these occurring on the Mt. Whitney trail during the summer months. Mission types include everything from medical emergencies to technical rock rescue and snow and ice rescue, as well as much that doesn't fit into a specific category.

Member: Mountain Rescue Association

Recent Missions

  • Multi-Agency Search for Missing Hiker on Mt Whitney

    Multi-Agency Search for Missing Hiker on Mt Whitney

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 From July 20th to 24th, 2016, Inyo SAR participated in a search for a missing hiker on Mt Whitney. As the search …
  • Fatal Fall Descending U-Notch in the Palisades

    Fatal Fall Descending U-Notch in the Palisades

    Search and Rescue was contacted July 3, 2016, to assist in the body recovery of a fall victim. The 67-year old climber from Oakland, CA, fell approximately 800 ft during …
  • Mt Whitney Missions May 14th, 15th

    Mt Whitney Missions May 14th, 15th

    After a slow few months to start off the year, the team conducted to missions on Whitney in two days. The first was near Lone Pine Lake. A hiker with …
  • Dispatch 2015: Inyo SAR Annual Newsletter

    Dispatch 2015: Inyo SAR Annual Newsletter

    Download and read our annual newsletter. (PDF document) Features include lots of pretty pictures, the story of a technical rescue from the patient’s perspective, and an analysis of a hyponatremia …
  • Search in Meysan Lakes Area; Avalanche Fatality

    Search in Meysan Lakes Area; Avalanche Fatality

    In the afternoon of Saturday November 21, search and rescue volunteers from from numerous California Mountain Rescue Association teams were flown to Meysan Lake to continue the search for Michael …