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Hike, Fish, Chill Out; No Finer View of the High Sierras Anywhere!

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Our cabin in the high-desert shadow of Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, Calif.

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This charming cabin in the high-desert shade of the eastern sierras features jaw-dropping views and access to the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sleeping accommodations include one large bedroom with queen-sized bed and small connected office, one bunk-bed room ideal for two children, and an extra twin bed in the living room. A full bathroom includes combined tub and shower. The living area is contiguous with dining and kitchen areas to create a spacious great-room under the exposed, vaulted beams and clerestory windows. It is from this living area that outstanding views of the highest peaks are had. Sit at the dining table with your morning coffee, gaze out the picture window, and scout your ascent of Mt. Whitney and the adjacent summits!

The fully equipped kitchen--four-burner propane stove with oven and broiler, large stainless-steel sink, full sized refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, utensils, tableware--also includes stacked washer and dryer for in-home laundry.

A stone-constructed, wood-burning fireplace stands in the center of the great-room separating the living and kitchen areas (firewood provided). Central heat keeps the cabin warm on chilly nights, and an evaporative ('swamp') cooler keeps the house comfortably cool on even the hottest summer days.

The one-acre parcel is adjacent to an unimproved parcel on the south, noiseless or non-resident neighbors on the north and east, and national forest and other public lands land on the west, creating perfect calm, especially at night. A picnic table outside, with benches to seat six, makes a great spot for 'al fresco' dining.

Lone Pine

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 or older to rent....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    With three-drawer dresser....moreless

  • Master bedroom (Bedroom 1) has one Queen bed; closet with two, sliding, mirror doors; six-drawer dresser; TV (no cable) for use with DVDs and VHS. OK for X-Box 360 and other game consoles....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Large mirror over sink and counter....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Mainly books pertaining to the Owens Valley and mountaineering. Some novels. Policy on non-regional paperback novels only, please: take one, leave one. Thanks!...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, etc....moreless

  • Music Library:

    CDs (mostly Bluegrass--you're in the country here) and CD player in living room....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bose stereo radio and CD player in living room....moreless

  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Breathtaking panorama of the highest peaks in the contiguous U.S., including Mt. Whitney, the highest at 14,500 ft....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Formal dining table in living area, at picture window looking towards mountains. Also breakfast nook that seats three, off kitchen....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Evaporator cooling system ('swamp cooler'), popular and effective in desert climates. Installed new 2006....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Front-loader; 200v....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Wood-burning chimney. Firewood provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central, Lenox gas-fired heating system, installed 2006....moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Percale in summer, flannel in winter....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Oriental rugs, two upholstered chairs, chess set, easy chair, floor lamp, twin bed in corner, fireplace, dining table, picture window view to mountains....moreless

  • Parking:

    Covered carport on north end of house, adjacent to side door (access to mud room and kitchen)....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Front loader; 220v....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Ten-cup, with filters in supply....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plates (large and small), bowls, 3 sizes mixing bowls, cooking and serving utensils, knives, cheese graters, corkscrew, vegetable peeler, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Detergent available....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Large stainless-steel sink, maple chopping surface, good counter-top area. Cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc. Laundry appliances, with detergent....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices and other staples stocked....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    With vegetable drawers, dairy cooler, etc. Freezer, with ice trays....moreless

  • Stove:

    Four-burners, oven, and broiler....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    One acre of desert landscape, with picnic table and benches....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Jun 19 - Sep 21, 2015
3 night min stay
$175
$1,068 $3,900
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$160
$960 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $90
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

A cleaning fee of $90 is required. Additional housecleaning visits may be required for longer stays.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/20/2015
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Location

5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Lone Pine (private aviation)
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Jake's Saloon, Lone Pine
250 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Long Beach (to Catalina Island)
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mt. Whitney Golf Club
140 Miles
Nearest Train
Lancaster Metro Link
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U.S. 395
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Seasons
108 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mammoth Mountain
230 Miles
Nearest Beach
Malibu

Car: Necessary

A hiker's, mountaineer's, and rock climber's paradise, the Sierra Nevada are seen at their most breathtaking from Lone Pine, where a 10,000 ft. granite escarpment rises abruptly from the Owens Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney (highest in the lower 48 states). The jagged Sierra crest presents classic alpine vistas, and its heights can be accessed from Whitney Portal (8,000 ft. elev.), a 20-minute drive from the property. A host of high-country hikes and climbs are within 20-40 min. driving distance of the property. Rock climbing (bouldering and sport climbing) can be found a short drive from the property, while trad climbing and all-season mountaineering are accessed from Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadow (10,000 ft. el.).

The nearby town of Lone Pine (6 minute-drive), has a full range of services and attractions on its Western-themed main street. The population of about 2,000 includes ranchers, artists, retirees, movie stars, and a diverse palette of interesting folks from all walks of life. The adjacent Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation contributes to the rich culture of the area.

In lively exhibits, the recently-opened Lone Pine Film History Museum (Main Street, south end of town) documents the love affair between Hollywood and the unique rock formations of the nearby Alabama Hills. Countless films have been made here since the 1920s (Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne), and continue to be made today (Django Unchained, Iron Man, Tremors, etc.). The Lone Pine Film Festival (three days in mid-October) is a 'must' for Western film buffs. A drive along well-graded (though unpaved) Movie Road takes you to the dusty wagon trails where the good guys shot it out with the bad guys.

Among the restaurants in town my personal favorite is Seasons (Main Street, at the traffic light), which features unexpectedly sophisticated and delicious seared ahi, Cervena elk medallions, and thick, juicy lamb chops. And the wine list is better than it needs to be. Reservations are recommended in peak season. For more casual dining (and fresh-baked bread) the Alabama Hills Cafe is a great stop, just west of Main Street on Post. The Merry-Go-Round serves delicious Chinese food.

For sheer entertainment value, Gardner's True-Value Hardware (a block north of Seasons on Main Street) is an old-fashioned ironmonger that's well worth a detour. I never leave disappointed. Lloyd's Western Wear (look for Frosty, the horse) is where you'll get your cowboy hats and pearl-snap shirts. Elevation, the climbing-gear store, stocks what you'll need for sending routes in the boulders or mounting expeditions among the peaks.

Less than a two-hour drive southeast of Lone Pine brings you through scenic desert mountains to historic Death Valley, where extremes of heat and aridity have challenged human visitation for centuries. In summer, temperatures routinely reach 120F, but relief for today's traveler is close by at the landmark Furnace Creek Inn's air-conditioned bar. Historic home to 20-Mule Team Borax, Death Valley offers jaw-dropping desert beauty: brilliantly-colored, mineral-rich cliffs, shifting sand dunes (some as high as 700 ft.), and highly-adapted wildlife--amazing survivors that can be spotted occasionally by the observant trekker. The lowest point in North America is here, too, at Badwater, 282 ft. below sea level. Abandoned mining towns dot the area in mute testimony to the boom and (mostly) bust of the past 160 years, but the real history here is geologic. Look for dry falls, volcanic cones, craters, and alluvial fans miles wide. Bring water.

Clear, dry air in the Eastern Sierras creates ideal conditions for star-gazing, particularly on moonless nights. The Milky Way is easily seen, with all the major constellations and planets (among the 'billions and billions' of other celestial bodies). If you're under a full moon, spooky rock formations and easily-seen trails will call out to your night-walker self.

For architecture buffs, a classic modernist house designed by the Austrian-born Richard Neutra is just around the corner from the subject property. The Arts & Crafts-style Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery--a delightful picnic spot--is also worth a visit (about 20 minutes north of Lone Pine on US Highway 395).

For devotees of history and culture, the Japanese-American War Relocation Camp at Manzanar, now a National Park Service interpretive site, is not to be missed (ten minutes north of Lone Pine on 395). This outstanding site interprets the humbling story of the internment of more than 10,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Surviving alumni of the Manazar internment camp make a pilgrimage to the site each April.

The high desert and alpine reaches of the Sierras are not for the meek or sedentary, but those who appreciate the sublime scenery that drew famed naturalist John Muir, photographer Ansel Adams, and writer Mary Austin, will find heaven in this spectacular corner of the West.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: A native of San Francisco, I was raised a city boy, but by the age of seven I was hiking, backpacking and climbing mountains. Fifty years on I still love it. At age 8, I made my first trip to this area, and hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney in one day (uh, with adult supervision and on the main trail). We visited Death Valley then too, and it was on that trip--to the highest and lowest points in the lower 48 states--that I fell in love with this other-worldly corner of the earth. Sierra Club trips were a big part of my youth, and I sang with the San Francisco Boys Chorus until my voice changed. Our music director was an avid Sierra Club member and outdoors-woman. She introduced me to Norman Clyde, a famous mountaineer who made more first ascents of the Sierras than anyone. She also introduced me to Ansel Adams, the noted photographer, and by age 14 I felt plugged into the Sierra Nevada ethos. I continued to frequent the mountains as an undergraduate at Berkeley, and when graduate school and career moves took me to L.A., Paris, New York, and back to San Francisco, the mountains of California always called. Backpacking trips were on the agenda every year, to the Sierras or other high-altitude spots where we could rock climb, bag peaks, and fish, usually among close college friends. After landing a non-profit job in Pasadena (near Los Angeles) more than twenty years ago, I eventually found this hideaway in the Eastern Sierras.

Why the Owner Chose Lone Pine:
Thanks to a college friend and a modest legacy from my mother, I was able to purchase this cabin near Lone Pine, perfectly situated an easy 3 1/4 hour-drive north of Los Angeles. My two kids--a son and daughter, now both in college--also like to bring their friends to experience the great outdoors here. With it's stupendous view it felt like an opportunity that comes around only once. For years I have told anyone who will listen that I'd sooner sell my main residence in the L.A. area than my little cabin in Lone Pine's Alabama Hills! (And this actually came to pass this year, when I down-sized in town, in part so I could keep the cabin.)

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
There is nothing pretentious, precious, or grand about this 850 square-foot cabin--though it was sensitively designed as a Modernist retreat by a schooled designer--and one only needs to look outside to see what makes this place truly special. Because the view to the west is across public lands that cannot be developed, and because the weather cooperates so beautifully, the pristine vistas of the mountains come as a humbling and reliable gift to those wise and adventurous enough to seek them out.


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Speaks: english, french

 

Photos

  • Our cabin in the high-desert shadow of Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, Calif.

    Our cabin in the high-desert shadow of Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, Calif.

  • View past south end of cabin, looking towards mountains.

    View past south end of cabin, looking towards mountains.

  • Living room, looking past stone chimney to kitchen and breakfast nook.

    Living room, looking past stone chimney to kitchen and breakfast nook.

  • Fireplace in center of great-room. (Photo by Penny G., recent guest.)

    Fireplace in center of great-room. (Photo by Penny G., recent guest.)

  • Kitchen, showing appliances (mud room and side door are to left of laundry).

    Kitchen, showing appliances (mud room and side door are to left of laundry).

  • Study, with master bedroom adjacent.

    Study, with master bedroom adjacent.

  • Bathroom, across hall from master bedroom.

    Bathroom, across hall from master bedroom.

  • Owner with (uh, taller) son on neighbor's deck, w/ Alabama Hills rocks, Sierras.

    Owner with (uh, taller) son on neighbor's deck, w/ Alabama Hills rocks, Sierras.

  • Late afternoon view from the front porch.

    Late afternoon view from the front porch.

  • Closeup of Mt. Whitney (r.), with Keeler Needle and Day Needle at left.

    Closeup of Mt. Whitney (r.), with Keeler Needle and Day Needle at left.

  • Mesquite dunes at Death Valley, a 1.75-hour drive from Lone Pine.

    Mesquite dunes at Death Valley, a 1.75-hour drive from Lone Pine.

  • Upper Darwin Falls (a short, Class 4 scramble from the lower falls).

    Upper Darwin Falls (a short, Class 4 scramble from the lower falls).

  • Winter view, past picnic table towards the mountains.

    Winter view, past picnic table towards the mountains.

  • Living room, with dining table (seats six) at right.

    Living room, with dining table (seats six) at right.

  • Stone chimney separating living room from kitchen.

    Stone chimney separating living room from kitchen.

  • Kitchen.

    Kitchen.

  • Master bedroom, with adjacent study at left.

    Master bedroom, with adjacent study at left.

  • Kids' bunk room, next to bathroom and across the hall from master bedroom.

    Kids' bunk room, next to bathroom and across the hall from master bedroom.

  • My daughter, exulting in the beauty of the view from in front of the cabin!

    My daughter, exulting in the beauty of the view from in front of the cabin!

  • Morning alpenglow on the the summits (view from living room window).

    Morning alpenglow on the the summits (view from living room window).

  • One of many lakes within an easy drive and hike from Lone Pine.

    One of many lakes within an easy drive and hike from Lone Pine.

  • Nearby arch rock, with Mt. Whitney in the distance, on a spring day.

    Nearby arch rock, with Mt. Whitney in the distance, on a spring day.

  • Lower Darwin Falls (1.25-hr. drive + 20-min hike), near Panamint Springs.

    Lower Darwin Falls (1.25-hr. drive + 20-min hike), near Panamint Springs.

  • Fall Canyon (two dry falls), in Death Valley, on a 72-degree-day in January.

    Fall Canyon (two dry falls), in Death Valley, on a 72-degree-day in January.

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Speaks: english, french
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