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Lone Pine

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California : Sierra Nevada : Eastern Sierra : Lone Pine
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Lone Pine [1] is in the Eastern Sierra region of California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Understand

Lone Pine is in the extreme southern part of the Owens Valley. The tallest mountain in the contiguous United States is Mount Whitney, which is easily seen from Lone Pine by just looking up.

Get in

US 395 north from Los Angeles.

US 395 south from Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite National Park.

Get around

See

  • Alabama Hills -- Many old westerns were filmed here.
  • Mount Whitney
  • Owens Lake -- a dry lake since Los Angeles acquired most water rights in the Owens Valley.

Do

Hike

Buy

  • Elevation: Sierra Adventure Essentials

For all your climbing, camping and hiking needs. 125 N. Main St., Lone Pine. 760-876-4560 http://www.sierraelevation.com

Eat

At least a dozen eating establishments exist in Lone Pine to cater to a variety of food tastes. Generally the restaurants err on the side of American and Italian fare. If you are staying a few days, it is recommended to try several of the establishments to better experience local cuisine.

Drink

Sleep

Stay safe

Lone Pine exists is a desert climate, so expect dry weather and extreme heat in the summertime. Drink lots of water (a eat a bit of food), and make ample use of the shade.

If you are stranded on the road outside of Lone Pine, be aware that little to no facilities exist outside of city limits. You may have to walk, flag a passing motorist for assistance (take care with this advice), or use a cell phone to get help. Local law enforcement consists of county sheriffs and Inyo National Forest Rangers.

Los Angeles' acquisition of water rights has dried up Owens Lake (south of town), which once was similar in character to Mono Lake. Dust storms now rage during windy times. If the wind is in just the right direction, Lone Pine gets dusted. This alkali dust is not good for your health, though it is worse for the health of the citizens of Lone Pine who must endure it constantly. You can probably safely ignore this warning unless you suffer from conditions like asthma or allergies.

Get out

  • Death Valley is close enough that it can be visited in a long day trip.
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