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Hike, Fish, Chill Out; No Finer View Of The High Sierras Anywhere!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cabin (Sleeps 5 max.) With Panoramic Vistas Of The Sierras.

This charming, rustic cabin in the high-desert shade of the Eastern Sierras features jaw-dropping views and access to the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sleeping accommodations include one large bedroom with queen-sized bed and small connected office, one bunk-bed room ideal for two children, and an extra twin bed in the living room. A full bathroom includes combined tub and shower. The living area is contiguous with dining and kitchen areas to create a spacious great-room under exposed-timber rafters and clerestory windows. It is from this living area that outstanding views of the highest peaks are had. Sit at the dining table with your morning coffee, gaze out the picture window, and scout your ascent of Mt. Whitney and the adjacent summits!

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 a vacant parcel on the south, noiseless neighbors on the north and east, and national forest and other public lands 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.

Note that this is a much loved family vacation home, and therefore contains our own belongings. You are welcome to make use of the household items you find here. You are also welcome to use the camping and climbing equipment you find, though you must realize that you do so at your own risk and at the risk of the damage deposit. We have endeavored to allow sufficient closet and dresser-drawer space for our visitors, but you will find yourself sharing space with our things.

This cabin is not for everyone: it is a rustic chalet in the high desert, hard against some of the most rugged and beautiful mountains in the world. This is decidedly not the Beverly Hills Hotel. If you are accustomed to a comfortable spa hotel, Sierra View is not for you. If you appreciate, however, the slightly rough-around-the-edges environment of the desert landscape, and jaw-dropping beauty of granite spires, you will find this to be your place.

More Details

Owner
Ted Bosley
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, Romanian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2017

About Ted Bosley

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. My wife and I love coming to this idyll, which is, to us, a perfect escape from the stress of the city.

Ted Bosley purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Ted Bosley chose Gold Country / High Sierra

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. 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.)

What makes this cabin unique

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.

Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Lone Pine (private aviation)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Jake's Saloon, Lone Pine
Nearest Ferry
250 Miles
Long Beach (to Catalina Island)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mt. Whitney Golf Club
Nearest Train
140 Miles
Lancaster Metro Link
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
U.S. 395
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Seasons
Nearest Ski
108 Miles
Mammoth Mountain
Nearest Beach
230 Miles
Malibu
Car: necessary

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 Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History (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 early-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 Seasons reigns supreme (Main Street, at the traffic light), featuring unexpectedly sophisticated and delicious seared ahi, Cervena elk medallions, and thick, juicy lamb chops. 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 boots 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 Visitors Center, or 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.

Amenities

Lone Pine Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large mirror over sink and counter.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , With three-drawer dresser.
  • Master bedroom (Bedroom 1) has one Queen bed; closet with two, sliding, mirror doors; six-drawer dresser; TV (no cable) for use with DVDs and VHS. OK for X-Box 360 and other game consoles. Note that this is our home, and so contains our personal items in some areas.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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5

Excellent property, well worth staying there.

  • 5 of 5

Superlatives are easy to come by for this property. It is aptly named Sierra View and has a stunning view of Mt. Whitney and the Sierras out the large picture window in the living room. The property is tastefully furnished and invitingly comfortable. It has all necessary accoutrements for a stay there. The atmosphere was amazingly still and clear. The neighborhood is very quiet and contains a number of instances of interesting architecture. Sierra View in literally in the Alabama Hill just off Whitney Portal Road which begs for hiking and exploration. All basic services are available in Lone Pine which is just a short drive down the hill. One is close to "civilization" but quite happily seems far away from it. The owner is straight-forward, communicative and accessible. I would be hard pressed to stay anywhere else now when I travel to Lone Pine and I probably left-out some of the superlatives! I am looking for an excuse to get back there soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay and Ted made everything very easy with his great communication. Anyone going to Lone Pine would be lucky to stay here.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Twice was just as nice!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week stay just as much as we did last year. We had a wonderful time exploring more places around the Lone Pine area. The rushing waters and beautiful falls that we saw at Whitney Portal and Onion Valley to name a few places were so encouraging to those of us who have been in drought areas the last four or so years.

The cabin is a wonderful, homey home away from home. We enjoyed seeing the jack rabbits, quail covey, and even a roadrunner from the living room window, with that beautiful mountain view as a backdrop. Thank you for sharing your Sierra View cabin!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet and Serene

  • 5 of 5

We’ve been looking for a quiet place to stay in the Lone Pine area for quite a while, and this place definitely fits the bill. As others have said, the view from this cabin is stunning. There are no homes across the street, so the view of Mt. Whitney and the Sierras is totally unobstructed.

We traveled to Death Valley, Whitney Portal, and Bishop. But we also enjoyed just hanging out at the cabin and checking out the wildlife in the yard: Jackrabbits, Cottontails, Orioles, Kingbirds, Bats and more. Heard coyotes at night.

At anytime you can just step out the front door and walk to the Alabama Hills. Fabulous!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and view

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home base for hiking, biking, and relaxing. Comfortable space. We were able to bake a wedding cake for 160 people in the kitchen!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Outdoorsy

  • 5 of 5

Great views and location. Cozy and comfortable home. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $90

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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