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Independence (California)

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Independence is in the Eastern Sierra region of California

Get in

Independence is one of several small towns along US highway 395 through the Owens Valley in California. Pretty much the only reasonable way in by car is either from the north or south on US 395.

Get around

See

  • Eastern California Museum. The museum features area history, and has an excellent collection of information about the Manazanar Relocation Camp.
  • Manzanar, West side of US 395 six miles (9 km) south of Independence (five miles {8 km} north of Lone Pine), [1]. Manzanar was the site of an Internment Camp for people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The Manzanar Relocation Camp is the best preserved example of the ten camps that were created during WWII. It is listed on the National Register as a National Historic Site.

Do

  • Hiking - West of town on Onion Valley Road is access to the Sierra Nevada and the Pacific Crest Trail via Kearsarge Pass. Take Onion Valley Road to the trailhead; the pass is some hours' climb farther up. Above 11,000 ft (3,300), the air becomes thin. Fall colors along Onion Valley are very nice, for California. From the Pass, the views are empyrean- to the west, the Sierra, and to the east, the White Mountains, Last Chance Range, and others into the Great Basin.

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Sleep

  • Ray's Den Motel. 405 N. Edwards, (760) 878-2122.
  • The Winnedumah, on 395, is a historic motel and is charming. Rooms can be a bit small. Some share a bath, some have private baths. There is a prix-fixe dinner some nights, and a "cocktail hour" where your first glass of the house wine is free. Cooking is quite good. There is also breakfast (moderately priced).

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