Lone Pine California Travel, Activities, Things to Do

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Lone Pine is named for a, well, lone pine tree that used to stand at the entrance of a canyon with the same name. Located at the foot of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in California—and in the contiguous U.S.—Lone Pine offers a number of outdoors and historical activities. While climbing the 14,496-foot Mt. Whitney is the most challenging way to enjoy Lone Pine's recreation, the Alabama Hills rock formations and Manzanar National historic site offer additional fascinating things to do. Read More

It all started with a lone pine tree. In the middle of the 19th century, Lone Pine, California was founded as a mining supply town. You can still see original buildings (in ghost town form) in the nearby town of Cerro Gordo, located to the east.

In the early 20th century, Lone Pine's natural beauty and untouched scenery made it a favorite location for Hollywood Westerns. It has since been featured as the setting in more than 250 movies, from Hoppalong Cassidy to G.I. Jane.

Each year, the Lone Pine Film Festival celebrates the town's rich movie history. When you travel to Lone Pine, you'll find a myriad of things to do.

Hardier souls might try ascending Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S. More mellow mountain activities can be found in the nearby Alabama Hills. Here, bizarre rock formations jut out of the valley. They're ideal for hiking or four-wheeling. Look for these rock formations in particular in Old West movies—they've been featured in many a flick.

Other recreation opportunities include historical activities like visiting ghost towns or the Manzanar National Historic Site, where Japanese people were tragically detained during World War II.

Other Activities Resources

Museum of Lone Pine Film History

The Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History has a number of interesting exhibits and fun events.