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INDEPENDENCE & LONE PINE TOURS

Welcome Lone Pine Sign This quiet little town in the heart of the Owens Valley has been the County seat of sprawling Inyo County since 1866. Known as the Little Town with the Big History. The spirit of Paiute Indians, the town's first gold miners, cattle ranchers, railroad builders and movie pioneers still lives on in the shadow of the great Sierra Nevada.

The town of Lone Pine is named after the lonely pine tree that was found at the mouth of Lone Pine Canyon. The town was founded during the 1860's to provide supplies to the local gold and silver mining communities of Kearsarge, Cerro Gordo and Darwin, and later to farmers and ranchers. The pine tree has long since vanished, destroyed in flood.

Lone Pine Peak Independence and Lone Pine are 1½ hours south of Mammoth. Both towns have plenty lot of things to see down, have trailheads for hiking, have their own special events, but also a few very notable sites to see, besides the great antique stores with authentic old west collectibles along the 395 Highway.

Blackrock Fish Hatchery

Blackrock Fish Hatchery is located 7 miles north of Independence, just off Highway 395 via Blackrock Springs Road. The Hatchery is open 8am till 4pm daily.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
760-876-4444

Commanders House

Located one block north of the Courthouse on Highway 395, this residence was used by the Fort Independence commander. It was built in 1872 to replace quake damaged adobe buildings. This house was moved in pieces to it's present location where it was rebuilt in 1877 after the closure of Fort Independence. The Commanders House is open Saturday and Sunday, noon till 4 throughout the summer months.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Independence Chamber of Commerce
760-878 0084

The Lone Pine Interagency Center

Open Daily 8am to 4:50 pm. This is a cooperative effort of many agencies and institutions ranging from the Forest Service to the University of California. The center includes a bookstore operated by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and they sell books, maps, and other interesting items. You will also find numerous exhibits and a wealth of travel information for the entire region. The Interagency Visitors Center is located 1 mile south of Lone Pine at the Junction of RT. 136 and US 395.

For More Information
Lone Pine Interagency Center
760-876-4252

Fort Independence

This is the nearby town's namesake and was so named by early soldiers who established a fort to protect the early settlers. The camp was active from 1862 to 1877. Located 2 miles north of Independence on Highway 395 via Fort Road. This is directly opposite the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Fort Road loops north to Highway 395 again after 2 miles.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Independence Chamber of Commerce
760-878 0084

Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

The main building is a local landmark just off of highway 395 and the facilities are open daily from 8am to 5pm. Built in 1916, this brook stock facility produces over 20 million brook, brown and rainbow eggs annually. Located 2 miles north of Independence just west of the highway on Fish Hatchery Road.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mt. Whitney Trout Hatchery
760-878-2272

Palisade Glacier

One of the southernmost glaciers in the nation, it can be accessed via a rugged backcountry trail that rises over 3,000' in a short 6 miles. The scenery is unrivaled in the range and wilderness permits are required for overnight visits. The trail to the Palisade Glacier is about 1/2 mile above 3rd lake. Turn left and follow switchbacks up among grassy benches and boulders to Sam Mack Meadow. Whitebark Pine survives the climate up high with several types of alpine flowers growing on the seemingly soil-less area. About the last 1/2 mile to the glacier requires much boulder hopping and the trail is very obscure. Hikers can meander safely along the lower part of the glacier where the slope is gentle, but should avoid the upper reaches unless well experienced on ice and snow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Shulman Grove Visitors Center
760-873-2500

The Bristlecone Pine Forest has the oldest known trees and have been around since the Egyptians built the pyramids. It is a site to behold, but please prepare as you should bring food and water as this is a very remote locale. Access is via state route 168 east from Big Pine up to White Mountain Road which is paved to the visitor center at the Schulman Grove but the road changes to dirt beyond here for the 11 mile trip to the Patriarch Grove which contains the largest of the Bristlecone trees here in the White Mountains. Open June through October with a visitor center that has a small fee.

Shulman Grove Visitors Center
White Mountain Ranger Station
798 N. Main St. Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-2500

Eastern California Museum

The museum has one of the finest collections of Paiute and Shoshone Indian artifacts. Also, the museum has an exhibit on Manzanar Relocation Camp that includes rare photographs, diagrams, and mementos. Additional exhibits include antique wagons, tractors, mining implements, a Paiute Indian dwelling, and a reconstructed pioneer town. The museum operates 10am to 4pm daily (closed Tuesdays and major holidays). Here you will find the most extensive collection of Artifacts in the area. Displays include an exhibit about the nearby Manzanar Japanese Relocation Camp, Native Paiute and Shoshone basketry and other Native American crafts, Early farm and mining equipment, an extensive photo collection, a library of local history and a reconstructed pioneer village. Books of local interest are also for sale.

Museum is open every day except Tuesdays and Major Holidays from 10am till 4pm. Donations are accepted. Located three blocks west of Highway 395 via Market Street to Grant Street.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers in the local area.

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