"Big Pine" Big Pine by Yaqui

Big Pine Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 44 photos

Big Pine received its name after a row of Yellow Pines that ran the length of Big Pine Creek to the river. Sadly all were cut down, except for one, hence the name “Big Pine.” It too was sadly cut down, but hope was restored to its name sake when in 1913 a big pine was planted at the end of town called the Roosevelt Tree.

Stars and Stripes

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.

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 sacrifices to ensure our freedom and to remind visitors of our great American heritage.

Mountain Tops and Glaciers

On top of the Veterans Memorial is a wonderful etched plates that illustrates the whole mountain range in front of you. The ranges start from the left to right. If look just below some of the higher peak and see snow still, these are glaciers. These are part of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Goodale Mountain 12,772
Mount Tinnemaha 12,520
Split Mountain 14,042
Birch Mountain 13,602
The Thumb 13,356
Kid Mountain 11,689
Mount Jepson 13,104
Palisade Glacier is the largest glacier in the Sierra Nevada, with an area of 0.8 km2
Mount Sill 14,153
Mount Alice 11,614
Piper Peak 8,087
Sky Haven 12,848
Sugarloaf 10,896
Round Mountain 10,928

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The outdoors lovers dream!
  • Cons:Some services, not many.
  • In a nutshell:Where the oldest living trees in the world!
  • Last visit to Big Pine: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 13, 2009
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Roosevelt tree looks great, pity the others were cut down and not replaced,

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I wondered if "Big Pine" had such a tree and it sure does.....It looks huge! What a lovely Veteran's memorial too!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    The Roosevelt Tree is one BIG tree. Nice little page Dee.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Sad that all those Yellow Pines were cut down, but at least the Roosevelt Tree was planted as a replacement.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Just love that big tree and you can't ever pass by a Veteran's memorial...So touching!

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Great read on Big Pine Veteran's Memorial that honors all the Veterans of Owens Valley. Fantastic (80 foot tall!) flagpole with Stars & Stripes...

  • schurlif's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    I'll go the "detour" just to have a look at the mountain range, I love the great US outdoors, and this is a must see for me.....

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Great intro photo! Wow, the oldest living things in the world, that is something!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Wow, that's some tree! But I love the mountains even more - a beautiful view of them :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Wonderful new pages --- I wonder if they ever put Christmas lights and balls on that huge Roosevelt Tree? Norman :)


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