"Lone Pine - A Hang Glider's Paradise" Lone Pine by travelgirl3
Lone Pine Travel Guide: 126 reviews and 335 photos
I was fortunate enough to find myself in Lone Pine for the first 3 nights of my California Road trip. It's a small town, but if you like the outdoors, its perfect. It's one of the best places in the US for Hang gliding, as a result of the exceptional Thermals rising from the desert floor, and their proximity to Cottonwood Mountain, a great launch spot. 2 Gliders flying from Walt's Point here hold World Records for longest flights to Austin, Nevada, more than 200 miles away. By the way, the 2 pilots - 1 guy, 1 girl!
If terra firma is more your style, take a drive to Whitney Portal, partway up Mount Whitney, the highest point in the continental US. From there, you can hike, fish, birdwatch and just enjoy being outside.
Lone Pine is also a great stopping point along the John Muir trail, and is close to and Independance, (of Charles Manson fame), and Devil's Postpile National Monument.
If you're along for the ride, follow me to Devil's Postpile National Monument. Everyone back on the bus!
- Pros:Nice oasis in the middle of the desert
- In a nutshell:A great place to camp & enjoy the desert scenery
Whitney Portal is located partway up Mt. Whitney, at an elevation of around 8,400'. It is one of the most popular hiking... more travel advice
From the same road up Cottonwood Mountain where you found the Hang gliders, you will also see the fabulous view of Owens... more travel advice
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