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    Roosevelt Tree 1913

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    The plaques read:

    The Roosevelt Tree Planted July 23, 1913

    This giant sequoia tree was planted on July 23, 1913 reportedly to commemorate the opening of Westgaard Pass to automobile traffic. The tree was named in honor of President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.

    The Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
    128 S. Main Big Pine, California 93513

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    Westgarrd Pass Toll Road Historical Marker

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    The plaque reads: Camp Independence needed a road to Waucopa-Deep Springs. In 1873 J.S. Scott Broder completed this roads and collected tolls until 1900. In 1913 A.L. Westgarrd led an American Automobile Assn. Tour across here, seeking a new transcontinental route. State took over the road in 1925.

    Dedicated June 18, 1983
    Slim Princess Chapter
    E Clampus Vitus

    The Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
    128 S. Main Big Pine, California 93513

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    Big Pine Veteran's Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    Plaque Reads: The Big Pine Veteran's Memorial that was established by the Big Pine Civic Club in 2000 to honor all veteran's of the Owens Valley. The 80 foot tall flagpole proudly displays the "Stars and Stripes" with the California State Flag and POW/MIA Flag bordering either side. The Veteran's Memorial stands in tribute to those who have made sacrifices to ensure our freedom and to remind visitors of our great American heritage.

    On top of the Veterans Memorial is a wonderful etched plates that illustrates the whole mountain range in front of you. The ranges start from the left to right. If look just below some of the higher peak and see snow still, these are glaciers. These are part of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

    The Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
    128 S. Main Big Pine, California 93513

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    Big Pine Recreation Information Kiosk

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    Big Pine Recreation information kiosk is at the north end of town on Hwy 395. It is at the entrance of the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway and the entrance of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that is home of the oldest living things in the world, the Bristlecone Pine trees. These are another source of the areas information. You can find maps and learn the areas history.

    The Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
    128 S. Main Big Pine, California 93513

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    Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 13, 2009

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    The Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is located inside the Mountain View Video and Gift Store. These places are always a wealth of information for many of the areas activities. Please check them out.

    P.O. Box 23,
    Big Pine, California 93513

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    WHITE MOUNTAIN ROAD

    by mtncorg Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    Bristlcones and Sierra vistas along the way
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    There are a lot of dramatic roads that can be driven throughout the Golden State and this is one of the best. Coming north off of CA 168 just east of the narrow confines of Westgard Pass, the White Mountain Road starts climbing slowly among juniper-clad hills. At about four miles in, the pitch steepens bringing you to Grandview Campground - the only established campground along the road and a waterless campground at that - at five miles and then to the magnificent Sierra View Overlook at eight miles. Now, the road climbs high along the western shoulder of the range coming to the Schulman Grove at 10 miles. The pavement ends here, but the graded road that continues is in good shape, The views just keep getting better as you head north. Most visitors will stop at the Patriarch Grove, a magical grove of ancient bristlecones just surviving - as they have for centuries - right at timberline, just over 11000 feet high. The road continues for another 4.6 miles, however, with the first stretch being fairly steep. You drive across some magical high alpine deserts with White Mountain Peak - 14246 feet high - rising beyond. From the gate, you can dismount and continue to the very peak top - the fourth highest peak in California - but the way covers about15 miles and 2600 feet of elevation gain. SeeChalfant for more on climbing the peak itself.

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    LON CHANEY CABIN

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Waters of Big Pine Creek flow by Lon Chaney cabin

    Even the Wolfman knew about the Big Pine area. Here, at 9000 feet, 2.5 to 3 miles in from the trailhead, you will find a old cabin once owned by the actor Lon Chaney, who played the original Wolfman. A road used to come up this far, though it has been reverted to trail-only now. There is a seasonal ranger station here.

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    FOURTH LAKE

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Waters of Fourth Lake

    Here at Fourth Lake, you will find one of the prettiest lakes in the basin. The water is not glacial in origin, hence, its more ‘normal’ lake color. There is camping next to most of the lakes in the basin, but you may need advance reservations - also only so many are allowed to be in the basin on a particular night. The lake is 5.6 miles in and with a little more than 3000 feet of elevation gain.

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    THUNDERBOLT PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Thunderbolt rises above Palisade Gl cirque lake

    The upper part of the Big Pine basin is a true wonderland for alpinists - and they do come: Temple Crags, Mt Sill, Middle Palisade and here, Thunderbolt Peak. These peaks can also be reached from the west - see in my Bishop pages the tips for Thunderbolt Pass and Dusy Basin. Very few of these peaks are easy to do from the east, but the rock is reasonably good. Many routes require knowledge of both ice and rock.

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    SAM MACK MEADOW

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Green grasses of Sam Mack Meadows

    This is a gorgeous high alpine meadow set in a box canyon below the cirque lake of the Palisade Glacier. You are right at timberline here, stunted tree islands lying next to green grasses and the glacially braided stream. Legend has it that this meadow was a favorite hanging out point for the singer Joan Baez. It is not hard to see why!

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    PALISADE GLACIER

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    North Palisade rising above the Palisade Glacier

    Lying at 12400 feet, just below the crest of the 14242 North Palisade, the Palisade Glacier is the largest remaining glacier in the Sierra Nevada - not California, however, for that honor goes to the glaciers found on the northern slopes of Mt Shasta, a volcano belonging to the Cascade Range. Climbers set up a high camp among the rocks along the east side of the glacier. Routes to the peaks above lead up the glacier with the first real technicality being how to get over the bergschrund and onto the rock above. Plenty of other technicalities then lie ahead ;-0

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    LAKES 1-2-3

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Lakes 3 - 2 - 1 showing their glacial colors

    Most of the lakes in the Big Pine basin are named numerically in a very non-imaginative way - similar to that fond in the Cottonwood Basin south of Whitney and Langely near Lone Pine. They are named in the numerical order in which they are found as one walks in from the east. The first three lakes -1, 2, and 3 - are turquoise in color due to their glacial origin. Campsites can be found nearby.

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    TEMPLE CRAGS

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Temple Crags and the Third Lake

    Going west of Big Pine, you will be traveling up the Big Pine Creek road to the trailheads at its mountain end next to the Glacier Lodge, One of the trails will take you up into the base of the Middle Palisade while the other takes you into the Big Pine Creek basin - a series of eight lakes, the Sierra’s largest glacier and some of the most precipitous peaks in the entire range. For many, the awesome view of the Temple Crags towering above Third Lake is what will be remembered most. About five miles and 3000 feet gained to this point from the trailhead.

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    WHITE MOUNTAIN PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    White Mt summit peaking above; Patriarch Grove

    At 14100 feet, this is the easiest 14er in California to stand atop. From the Patriarch Grove, the road continues 4.6 miles north to a gate next to the White Mountain Research Station - an adjunct of the University of California at Berkeley. Beyond the gate, the road continues up to the summit, 7.5 miles beyond and another 2600 feet of elevation to be gained on foot.

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    PATRIARCH GROVE

    by mtncorg Written Jan 24, 2005

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    The Patriarch holding court

    From the Schulmann Grove, a good gravel road continues northwards ever higher into the Whites. Just below the south slopes of 14100 White Mountain Peak, at the absolute timberline of 11000 feet, is the most photogenic bristle cone groves. These trees have been living in this area of extremes for thousands of years. It is easy to anthropomorphize the twisted trunks and branches as akin to tortured souls eking out survival. The grove is named after a multi-stemmed behemoth, appropriately named, the Patriarch - over 36 feet around in circumference, it is the world’s largest bristlecone, though only a mere teenager at 1500 years if age.

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