This small town is a gateway to Alabama Hills, Mount Whitney, and Death Valley National Park.
In the heart of the Owens Valley, between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo mountain ranges, the town of Lone Pine is a great base for outdoor adventures and trout fishing. Other highlights include the scenic boulder fields of the Alabama Hills, a backdrop to so many Western movies, the Lone Pine Museum of Western Film, and the Manzanar National Historic Site. Campgrounds can be found around town, near Mount Whitney, along Highway 395, and in nearby national forests and parks.
Just outside of town, Inyo National Forest features several campgrounds with sites for tents and RVs, some with hookups. Visitors looking to tackle Mount Whitney or the John Muir Trail to Yosemite flock to the Whitney Portal Campground. The Forest Service Lone Pine Campground and Bureau of Land Management-run Tuttle Creek Campgrounds are good alternate options for Mount Whitney hikers.
North of Lone Pine, county and Forest Service campgrounds can be found along Independence Creek, while backpackers often head further inland to the high altitude Onion Valley Campground in Inyo National Forest. More options exist further north outside the town of Big Pine, while other campgrounds are set up for backpackers heading into the John Muir Wilderness. Bishop offers amenities and several campgrounds, but plenty more can be found at higher elevations along Bishop Creek and Lake Sabrina. South of Lone Pine, find more than a dozen campgrounds around Lake Isabella and along the North Fork of the Kern River.
Lone Pine acts as a gateway to Death Valley National Park, the largest in the continental US, and also its lowest, hottest, and driest point, with a dramatic landscape that varies from rolling sand dunes and massive salt flats to winding canyons and snow-capped mountains. The park offers nine established campgrounds at varying elevations with differing opening dates. The year-round Furnace Creek Campground is the most centrally located.
Visitors flock here in early March, when trout season kicks off, around two months earlier than elsewhere in the Eastern Sierras. Summer is also a popular time for visitors looking to summit Mount Whitney, as the Mount Whitney Portal area is closed from mid-October to early May. Motorized boats are permitted on Diaz Lake from mid-May to mid October. Visit in spring and fall for bird watching on Owens Lake.