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

  • North Fork of Big Pine Creek – Ankle Injury

    North Fork of Big Pine Creek – Ankle Injury

    Inyo SAR was called out to the North Fork of Big Pine Creek last night around 1600 for a subject with a leg injury. It was reported the party was …
  • Thunderbolt Peak Rescue

    Thunderbolt Peak Rescue

    At 4:30pm on August 26th, two climbers were on a portion of the Palisade Traverse in the North Couloir of Thunderbolt Peak when the male of the party took a …
  • Middle Palisade Recovery

    Middle Palisade Recovery

    On the evening of Saturday, August 18 ICSO SAR coordinators received multiple reports of a deceased subject located on the NE face of Middle Palisade in the Sierra Nevada mountains. …
  • Mt. Whitney Multiple Injuries

    Mt. Whitney Multiple Injuries

    At approximately 9:30am on Sunday, June 10th Inyo County Search and Rescue was notified of an accident involving three victims above Mt. Whitney’s Trail Camp. One hiker had slipped while …
  • SOS Signal Below Trail Crest

    SOS Signal Below Trail Crest

    On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, 2018 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a hiker near Trail Crest on the Mount Whitney Trail who was flashing …