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Lone Pine is another small town along the US 395 corridor. I lies slightly under 4000 feet high in the high desertland of the Owens River valley. There are a number of motels, restaurants and grocery store. The Lone Pine Forest Service ranger station is also here. That is where you need to pick up needed permits either for backcountry trails in the Sierra region around here (Cottonwood Lakes, Whitney Portal) or for the dayhike/climb up Mt Whitney itself. Something over 100 day permits are issued daily and that is the first hurdle to be jumped, sometimes dauniting enough.
Also in the area is Owens Lake, a vast playa that has been dried out with Los Angeles preempting all water rights in the area. It is amazing to think there was once enough water in the lake to have a steamboat on it. Also a couple of mining ghost towns are high east off of Owens Lake. Lots of geology, both in the Sierra to the West and the Inyos to the east.
Then there is the Alabama Hills, a geological bumping just west of Lone Pine. Here innumerable movies and commercials have been filmed. Ones that come to mind in recent years are scenes from 'Gladiator' and one of the innumerable Star Trek movies. We re up on the road to Cottonwood Lakes two years ago and had to wait while a car commercial for a Toyota Avalon was being made.
- Pros:Fantastic array of mountains, desert with a splash of movies thrown in
- Cons:Very popular trails with slightly obscure permit system for Whitney - get info from Forest Service websites
- In a nutshell:The Eastern Sierra remains wild thanks to LA County Water District
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