EXPLORE THE EASTERN SIERRA
Come explore the other side of California. The Eastern Sierra is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting locations in the world. From the highest peak in the continuous 48 states, Mt. Whitney, to the scenic movie sets of the old west, such as Lone Ranger canyon, we've got a little something for everyone. Whether you want to ride your ATVs through the endless desert, hike through the back country to pristine alpine lakes, tour the Alabama Hills rock formations, or just escape the city and find some small town charm, Boulder Creek is the perfect home base for RVs in Lone Pine!
Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History
Since the early 1900's Hollywood has chosen Lone Pine as its spot of choice for filming locations. Over 200 movies have been filmed here! And the first stopping point for any film buff wanting to learn more about the history of Hollywood in Lone Pine should be the Film History Museum. The Film History Museum features displays showcasing the guns, costumes, and cars used by decades of cowboy actors. Some of the most famous being Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger. Hollywood's love affair with the sprawling rock formations of the Alabama Hills, and the stunning heights of the Sierra Nevada, has only grown over the years. The Film History Museum features more recent films such as "Iron Man," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," and Quentin Tarantino's Oscar winner, "Django Unchained." Once you've stopped at the museum, take a tour through the Alabama Hills and surrounding area to walk in the footsteps of everyone from Cary Grant to Mel Gibson. Visit www.lonepinefilmhistorymueseum.org for more information or to learn about the annual Lone Pine Film Festival!
Alabama Hills and Movie Road
Located just a short 10 minute drive from Lone Pine, the Alabama Hills are one of the most unique rock formations in the world. They were named after a Confederate ship that was sunk by the Union Navy during the Civil War. The hills sprawl over miles and miles of desert and contain countless trails, roads, film locations, and breath taking vistas. The easiest way to access the Alabama Hills is to take a left towards the Sierras at the traffic light in Lone Pine and then turn off on Movie Flat Road. Maps of the area are available at the Inter-agency Visitor's Center or at the front office of Boulder Creek. The area is most popular with old western film buffs, rock climbers, mountain bikers, and photographers, but the strange beauty of the area can capture anyone's interest with ease. For more information visit the Alabama Hills Stewardship wesbite at http://alabamahillsstewardship.org/about
Mt. Whitney Golf Course
This course is located in a beautiful area at the base of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, just three miles south of Boulder Creek. It's a quaint course fitting the small town vibe of the area. The terrain is relatively flat, but there are a few elevated areas on a couple of holes. Well-positioned sand bunkers surround every green. The most difficult hole is #5, a 220-yard, par 3, requiring an uphill tee shot to a green with two bunkers guarding its front. If you want to play eighteen holes, the green fees for the second nine is slightly more on weekdays and an additional small charge on weekends. Juniors and seniors receive discounts when playing either nine or eighteen holes. There is an additional ladies' tee that can be used when playing an eighteen round. Visit the golf course clubhouse for more information.
Cerro gordo Ghost Town
Perched at 8,500 feet in the Inyo Mountains above the Owens Dry Lake, Cerro Gordo is one of the most well preserved ghost towns in California. The town blossomed to a population of 4,800 hearty souls after the discovery of silver in 1868. Cerro Gordo was the epitome of the wild west, with bars, brothels, and main street gunfights. After the mine ran dry, it became the ghost town that it is today. Upon appointment, visitors can walk through the old saloon, hotel, and various other buildings in the town and get a fantastic and thorough history from the town's resident caretaker. The road to Cerro Gordo is located less than 20 miles from Boulder Creek and offers a great day trip. 4-WHEEL DRIVE ONLY. Please contact owner Sean Patterson 661-303-3692 or caretaker Robert (760-876-5030 / 909-856-4434) for information, road conditions, and appointments.
FISHING THE EASTERN SIERRA
There are several lakes, creeks, and rivers located near Boulder Creek. The closest is Diaz Lake, only half a mile away from our park. Diaz Lake has a boating dock and a great play ground for the kids. Regularly stocked, with easy access to the water, Diaz Lake is perfect for beginning fishermen. Another option is the Lower Owens River, which is open year round for fishing and has multiple access points less than five miles from Boulder Creek. If you're looking for golden trout, HorseShoe Meadows offers some excellent options for fishing in the Golden Trout Wilderness. It's also a beautiful location for day hikes, picnics, and horseback riding. It's located right in the middle of the Sierras, about a 45 minute drive from 395. Lone Pine Creek and Tuttle Creek are good options for brown and golden trout. All in all, there are plenty of options for fishermen in the area. Boulder Creek doesn't sell fishing licenses, so you'll have to head into town to purchase them. Ask around at either of the sporting goods stores in Lone Pine for the latest fishing reports and tall tales.
The Eastern Sierra is one of the most popular hiking destinations in America. The popularity is due mainly to Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, but there are thousands of other fantastic hiking opportunities in the area. If you're looking for a low-intensity day trip head up to the Whitney Portals. Located about 20 miles west of Lone Pine, the Portals offer day trippers fishing, hiking, great views, and a break from the desert heat. There's a small waterfall, a campground, and a store/restaurant that serves up the the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. From the Portals, more adventurous souls can hike up to Lone Pine Lake. The 4 mile round trip hike starts at the Whitney Trailhead and follows its grueling switch-backs, fern covered streams, and stunning vistas. You can swim and fish in the lake, altough the alpine waters stay well below 65 degrees even in summer. The hike is suitable for younger children and older folks, but be aware that the elevation gain is around 2,000 feet. Altitude sickness is a serious threat and hikers need to stay hydrated. The hike, on average, takes around 4 hours roundtrip. No permit is required for day trips.
For information on other great day hikes and longer journeys into the back country, ask a staff member at the Boulder Creek front desk, stop in the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor's Center, or check out http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=12184