Inyo County, CA
Darwin is in an area commonly referred to as the Eastern Sierra because it is on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The western border of Inyo County is the crest of the Sierra. The area is famous for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation. The highest point in the lower 48, Mount Whitney, and the lowest place in the U. S., Badwater, Death Valley, are both in Inyo County, and both are visible from Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range. The picture above shows Owens Valley and the Eastern Slope of the Sierra from Tinnemaha Reservoir south. Travel to the west is blocked by the Sierra. The shortest route over the mountains is Route 178, which is just south of Inyo County.
What else is in Inyo County?
Inyo County is host to a number of natural superlatives. Among them are:
- Mount Whitney, the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska
- Badwater, in Death Valley, the lowest point in North America
- Methuselah, an ancient Bristlecone pine tree and one of the oldest living trees on Earth
- Owens Valley, the deepest valley on the American continents
- Two mountain ranges exceeding 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in elevation: the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains
- The largest escarpment in the United States, rising 11,325 ft (3,452 m ) from the floor of Death Valley to the top of Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range
Darwin Weather: High Desert
Sunny, Dry, Hot Summer Days; Clear, Cold, Dry Winter Nights; Dependable Winds; Scarce H2O
7-Day Forecast for Latitude 36.26°N and Longitude 117.59°W (Elev. 4687 ft)