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. Russell Rescue

    Mt. Russell Rescue

    On the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission requesting a rescue near Mt. Whitney. A party of four climbers attempting to …
  • Kraft Search

    Kraft Search

    Search for Missing US Marine in Central Sierra Nevada Moves to Limited Continuous Mode CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA, Calif. March 16, 2019 – A massive multiagency search in the Sierra Nevada …
  • Drybone Canyon Rescue

    Drybone Canyon Rescue

    On December 29, 2018, H-80 assisted National Park Service in Death Valley and Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) with a rescue of a hiker in a very deep canyon …
  • Search for Karlie Guse

    Search for Karlie Guse

    Inyo Search and Rescue assisted with the search for missing 16-year old Karlie Guse. Guse was last seen the morning of 10/13/18 in the White Mountain Estate area in Mono …
  • 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 …