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

  • 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 …
  • Thunderbolt to Sill Missing Climber SAR

    Thunderbolt to Sill Missing Climber SAR

    On 08/10/2017 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an overdue male subject climbing in the North fork of Big Pine Creek. The subject was originally a part of …
  • Baxter Pass Extended Wait for Rescue

    Baxter Pass Extended Wait for Rescue

    On Wednesday evening Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a group of backpackers reporting an injured hiker on the Baxter Pass trail near Independence. Three Inyo County …
  • Multiple Mission Sunday

    Multiple Mission Sunday

    July 24, 2017 Early Sunday morning Inyo SAR was called out for a 30-year-old male with an unknown lower leg injury near Temple Crag. The injured subject and his partner …