Hike, Fish, Chill Out; No Finer View of the High Sierras Anywhere!(41 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cabin (Sleeps 5 max.) With Panoramic Vistas Of The Sierras.
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) 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.
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Member since: 2013
- 850 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
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- Hair Dryer
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning fee $90
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Taxes Not included
A cleaning fee of $90 is required. Additional housecleaning visits may be required for longer stays.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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 (8,200 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.) or from winter road closures.
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 naturalist John Muir, photographer Ansel Adams, and writer Mary Austin will find paradise in this spectacular corner of the West.
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. More than 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, too. I also 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 moving to Pasadena (near Los Angeles) for work more than twenty years ago I eventually found this hideaway in the Eastern Sierras.
Why the Owner Chose Lone Pine, CA, USA:
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 when I recently 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 much of the time, the pristine vistas of the mountains come as a humbling and reliable gift to those wise and adventurous enough to seek it out.
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Our cabin in the high-desert shadow of Mt. Whitney, near Lone Pine, Calif.
View past south end of cabin, looking towards mountains.
Living room, looking past stone chimney to kitchen and breakfast nook.
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).
Study, with master bedroom adjacent.
Bathroom, across hall from master bedroom.
Owner with (uh, taller) son on neighbor's deck, w/ Alabama Hills rocks, Sierras.
Late afternoon view from the front porch.
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.
Upper Darwin Falls (a short, Class 4 scramble from the lower falls).
Winter view, past picnic table towards the mountains.
Living room, with dining table (seats six) at right.
Stone chimney separating living room from kitchen.
Master bedroom, with adjacent study at left.
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!
Morning alpenglow on the the summits (view from living room window).
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.
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.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Thursday, February 16, 2017
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