Lone Pine Travel Guide

  • Mt. Whitney 14,497
    Mt. Whitney 14,497
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Lone Pine Things to Do


    Located within the Alabama Hills is the Movie Flats area. North of the main Alabama Hills, this area had many movies filmed on location, here. "High Sierra", "Gunga Din", "Rawhide", "Maverick", and "How the West Was Won" were some of the movies that had many scenes filmed here. TV even saw the Alabama Hills in shows like Star Trek and the Twilight...


    Alabama Hills, California that is, stretches out for miles, parallel to the town of Lone Pine, CA. Only 2 1/2 miles to the west of town, this is a must see when driving Hwy 395. If you ever wondered why a lot of westerns and even other movies such as Star Trek and Gladiator have a similiar look in some scenes, it is because they were filmed at the...

  • Wedding of the Waters Pageant Mural

    This mural is in celebration of event that took place in 1937. The pageant weekend in 1937 was created by Father Crowley and locals to celebrate the opening of the much needed new paved road section connecting Owen Valley to Death Valley and points east.Friday morning a special gourd of water was scooped from the highest lake in the USA, north of...

  • 1872 Earthquake Victims

    Just north of Lone Pine on Rt 395 is the mass grave site for the victims of the 1872 earthquake that destroyed the town and many of the surrounding area. The earthquake struck at 2:10am. 27 people in Lone Pine were killed during the quake. 16 were interned at this mass grave site.Parking for the site is a little tricky. There is a pull off on 395...

  • The Alabama Hills

    This area is just west of Lone Pine between the town and the Sierra Nevada. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The area has unique rock formations and with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada makes beautiful scenery and very popular for taking photos. It is an excellent place to wonder around to see these rock formations. You...

  • Russell Spainhower Park

    This was formally called Lone Park Park. Located on the east side of route 395. It is a small but nice shaded park with a stream. Plenty of shade and picnic tables. I brought my lunch here and relaxed a while. A picnic table near the stream was very relaxing. I recommend an outdoor lunch here.

  • Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor...

    If you plan on doing any type of outdoor activity around the eastern sierra, this visitor center is a must. They have great interpretive signs and information inside. U.S.Forest Rangers are on staff behind the desk and can answer any question and make recommendations on what to see and do.Since it had been 10 years since I was in Lone Pine, the...

  • Mt. Whitney

    One of the activities you can engage in while in Lone Pine is climb Mt. Whitney. The beautiful views and snow capped mountains are breath-taking. It is the highest peak in the lower 48 states of the union. If you are a hiker or climber in California, you have probably had a conversation about this mountain. At a little over 14,000 feet, it is a...

  • Alabama Hills

    The Alabama hills are a unique kind of beautiful. When I look at the hills I see western, art, and never ending rocks. The Alabama hills is where lots of old western films were filmed. They have pamphlets that will tell you exactly where to go to find the famous rocks in those particular movies. I have been here 3 times and every time I go I see a...

  • Hike Mt. Whitney!

    I have tried 3 times now and have never been able to get to the top of Mt. Whitney. This is a life goal for me and I will one day. But, A day trip can be made easily by hiking to the lake. This view is breathtaking and its a great place to stop and have a pinic. You can even fish!

  • Pipe of LA aqueduct

    This is 10 foot section is the product of many nationalities who toiled and labored to earn wages that were considered high paying jobs during this era. Construction began in 1908 when crews started to dig eight feet of tunnel per day at each tunnel end, for a total of 16 feet per day. Crews dug more than 22 feet per day while constructing the...

  • Mt. Whitney Trails

    Mt. Whitney is at the elevation of 14,497. It is the tallest peak in the contiguous forty eight states and this countries beautiful natural masterpiece. It was first climbed in 1873 and was called previously Fishermen’s Peak. It was rename later after Josiah Whitney who investigated it to be the tallest in the country according to his 1864 geologic...


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Lone Pine Restaurants

  • I love a good breakfast burrito!

    Very small location with no more than 10 tables. They are only open for breakfast and lunch. It was a typical indoor seating for a cafe. The staff were very friendly and service was fast. I ordered the breakfast burrito. It was very good. Stuffed with three eggs, cheese, potato and chorizo. I would definitely stop in for this again. Maybe get it to...

  • Good asian food

    Nice location on Main street. They have indoor and outdoor seating. I chose outdoor. It was nice, in front of the location. I was there late and not many people. However the wait staff was very slow and it took some time for me to place my order and get my bill at the end of the meal.They do have a large selection of Chinese and American food on...

  • Rustic and Comfortable

    Popped in here for a quick lunch and found a very charming rustic restaurant. Nothing fancy in the least, but was homie and comfortable. Found the food good and the service excellent. Seems this is a favorite for locals too. Could not beat the price either.


Lone Pine Nightlife

  • Twilight

    After hiking all day, no one wants to think about nightlife activities. Its cook, eat and clean up. It gets quite cold too, especially if the winds start blowing. So its bundle up and go to sleep listening to the pitter patter of mice footsteps outside your tent. The greatest thing about evenings when camping is seeing all the stars. Once the sun...

  • I think there's a bar there...

    I think I saw a local bar there, but if you are with friends you could always just amuse yourselves in your room (if you have one) and get up early to get out into nature with the early morning sun. anything

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Lone Pine Shopping

  • Great location for food supplies

    This market is conveniently located in the center of town. They have a good selection of food and great for supplies when camping. Can be a little expensive. They have bathrooms for paying customers. Nothing too special but very convenient.

  • They may what you need for your outdoor...

    This is a small outdoor equipment store. They have a wide variety for the size store. Clothing, climbing and camping equipment as well as packs and maps. The place was very cluttered and unorganized. Staff were friendly but seemed to be just helping a friend and really did know where much was. There was a nice light weight jacket I wanted but they...

  • Hiking/Backpacking Supplies

    Small but well-stocked, Lone Pine Sporting Goods has just about anything you would need for a hiking/backpacking trip. Hiking poles, hats, fleece, camping equipment, fishing gear, you name it. It also has a wide range of t-shirts that commemorate the experience of climbing/hiking up Mt. Whitney. If you can't find what you're looking for here, you...


Lone Pine Warnings and Dangers

  • Bears!

    Lone Pine is the gateway to many outdoor activities on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Bears looking for food have become a serious problem, especially at campsites and trail heads. Trail heads now have bear-proof containers for storing food items while you are away from camp or even your car. The rangers recommend anything that has an odor...

  • Do Not Feed The Bears

    Just like the picture says, a feed bear is a dead bear. If people continue to feed wild bears then they will continually roam into the camp grounds to look for food. So please do not feed the bears. They are not normally aggressive, but are known to be able to open up a car like a pop can literally if they smell food. So do store it in your car or...

  • Water

    It is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters a day up here. If you're doing more than an overnight visit, you will not be able to carry all of the water you will need. There are water sources on the main trail. As for the Mountaineers Route, you're looking at one of them. Instead of water purifiers, we used pills to chemically treat the...


Lone Pine What to Pack

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    Travel light

    by goingsolo Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: The only luggage you'll bring is the one that you carry on your back. Make sure to buy or rent one that fits properly. I got mine via mail order. Big mistake. Its tough enough to carry 50 lbs without it swinging from side to side while you're trying to ascend and descend.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since your pack has to hold your tent, sleeping bag, food and other must have items and since it must be carried on your back, its best to travel light. Study hiking shoes are a must. I brought sandals as a "luxury item" (although I left the terrycloth bathrobe at home), and highly recommend a pair for apres hiking. Rain gear is essential in the summertime and a gore tex jacket can double as a wind layer. The basic rule of thumb for summer is three layers- t shirt/shorts, long sleeve layer/long underwear and insulating layer/wind layer. A parka is not a bad idea either as it gets quite chilly on mornings and in the evenings.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: First aid is more essential as there are no 24 hour pharmacies out here. Everyone looks and smells pretty outdoorsy, so the body lotions and perfumes are unnecessary, with the exception of "mountain makeup"- sunscreen and lip balm.

    Photo Equipment: A must.

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Lone Pine Off The Beaten Path

  • Grave of 1872 Earthquake Victims

    On March 16, 1872 at 2:30 AM Lone Pine experienced an earthquake that destroyed 60 buildings and killed Twenty-six people. Most of the building were built out of adobe so they crumbled easily. So these twenty six people were burried into a mass grave. A marker and a flag pole and memorial plaque is left to remember what was lost.The marker...

  • Movie Flats Marker

    This whole area is still is a favorite for movie makers. This marker is right at the entrance where some of the most favorable Hollywood movies were made from the 1920's-1950's.This marker reads:Movie FlatsSince 1920 hundreds of movies and TV episodes, including Gunga Din, How The West Was Won, Khyber Rifles, Bengal Lancers, and High Sierra, along...

  • Murals of Lone Pine

    Lots of wonderful murals located up along the street. For starters the one on theThe Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History building is awesome and if you walk along the main street, you see one from the Lone Pine Drug Store, behind Jakes Saloon, on the wall nearest the main street on Bonanza Restaurant, and a neat little one on...


Lone Pine Sports & Outdoors

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    Cottonwood Lakes Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 19, 2014

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    This is a rather long hike that travels through two wilderness areas into a beautiful basin of lakes surrounded by mountains. The trail starts at the end of Horseshoe Meadow road. The trail enters the Golden Trout Wilderness area. You are not here long before you enter the John Muir Wilderness area.

    The trail ascends gradually for a little ways but then there is a long gradual down hill. The trail is well maintained. The first three miles is through a beautiful forest, passing by several meadows. Eventually the trail opens up into an alpine setting. The lakes are at the 5 mile mark. You can go further. Return the way you came.

    I did this in the late afternoon. This is not the best time because you will be hiking into the setting sun. The mountains are beautiful but cast a shadow and photos will not come out that great. This would be a great early morning hike. I plan on doing this again and will definitely start very early to see the sunrise.

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots.

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Lone Pine Favorites

  • The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce

    This is located in a wonderful historical building. First I thought the hotel was still in business, but saw the sign and thought, how wonderful.Located at 120 South Main Street, in the historical building of the Lone Pine Hotel. The hotel rooms now house small businesses. Office HoursMonday through Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PMWe are closed most Legal...

  • We made it!

    The last part was a series of gentle switchbacks that seemed to stretch for an eternity. My feet and legs were so shot that what would ordinarily be an easy walk was agony. I so wanted this to be over. At 12:36 p.m, we walked off the Mount Whitney trail. Our mission was completed. Strangely, there was no feeling of relief when we finished. No...

  • Looking back

    We drove down Whitney Portal road to Lone Pine where the group said its goodbyes. I began the drive back to Bishop and the road that would eventually lead me back home. I'd been pretty miserable up on Whitney. But now, just hours after finishing, the rush I'd expected to feel at the summit hit me. I'd climbed Mount Whitney. I looked at the beast of...


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