Big Pine Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui

Big Pine Things to Do

  • Roosevelt Tree 1913

    The plaques read: The Roosevelt Tree Planted July 23, 1913This 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

  • Westgarrd Pass Toll Road Historical...

    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, 1983Slim Princess ChapterE...

  • Big Pine Veteran's Memorial

    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...

  • Big Pine Recreation Information Kiosk

    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...

  • Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor...

    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


    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...


    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.


    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...


    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...


    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!


    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...

  • LAKES 1-2-3

    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...


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  • Big Pine Motel

    370 S Main Street, Big Pine, California, 93513, United States

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    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This little establishment will catch your eye while you travel thru town. It caught my eye, I just had to stop and look at all the wonderful things. You will only find custom made crafts and arts hand made with love and pride. A little bit of something for everyone here.

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