|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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
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.)
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.
We greatly enjoyed staying at Ted's place in Lone Pine with our 2 year old. Lone Pine and Alabama Hills are a pleasant discovery for us. Ted's place is conveniently located right next to all the scenic spots one would want to visit in Lone Pine. We would love to come back and stay for some our time when we are in the eastern Sierras.
This was our second visit to Ted's cabin. We had so much fun the first time that we came back with our daughter about a year later. We had so much fun we want to come back with our son next spring.
There is so much to do in the Owens valley that we have yet to make it to Death Valley. One motivation for this trip was to get out of the snow in Tahoe and this cabin didn't disappoint. There are so many attractions (Manzanar, arches and hikes in the Alabama Hills, petroglyphs, Mt. Whitney, etc) we still haven't seen them all.
Ted's cabin is a great base for all of this. It is very cozy and much more comfortable than the tent in which I made my visits to the Owens Valley while I was single. The view toward the High Sierra out of the dinning room window is incredible. The furnishings are tasteful and appropriate. The kitchen is a wonderful luxury when you are on the road. Ted, only suggestion is to maybe put a comfortable couch in the living room.
As I said, we had such a good time, this was our second visit to Ted' cabin and we are already talking about a third.
We sent the owner this same review and received no response.
Our stay in your cabin was very challenging, starting with a cold house, 47 F when we arrived on 1/24/17 at 2:30pm You did offer another house, should this stay a problem, we appreciate this. Even though the propane repair person was able to fix it, we did not have heat in the house till 8;00pm. Access to the cabin was very difficult, due to heavy snow, since neither the driveway, nor walkway to the cabin was ploughed or snow removed. We found a shovel and did the shoveling ourselves.
It appears that the cabin might have had some flooding, the photo CIMG 3194 shows evidence of the wall above the floor was wet and stained.
Photo 3195 shows more stains with ripped out wall pieces.
Photo 3196 shows brown water stains on the ceiling in the hallway.
Photo 3197 shows big water stains on the wall in the master bedroom below the bed, on both sides of the wall.
Photo 3198 shows more water stains on the ceiling in the master bedroom.
photo 3205 it might be a good idea to put some shelve liner over a what appears to be a very old press board.
photo 3209 the cabinet under the sink in the bathroom appears very stained and dirty
photo 3212, the ripped bedside lamp shade in the master bedroom is very unappealing.
photo 3214 the only closet, master bedroom, was filled with your personal items and left very little room to hang any of our clothes or store any of our items.
photo 3215, the right side of the closet, again, no space due to store any of our items
photo 3217 ripped and stained wall paper in the hallway
photo 3248 after I stripped the bed in master bedroom, I found dried blood stains on the mattress cover
photo 3251, the dresser in master bedroom: 4 of the drawers were filled your personal items, left only two drawers for our stuff.
photo 3252, the drain in the bathroom , all rusty and chipped, a haven for bacteria.
photo 1326 we understand unforseen cicumstances, as the snow, but had we known the driveway was snowed in, we could have brought our own snow shovels. The housekeeper knew about this, an easy phone call.
We found mice droppings in the furnace closet and the water heater closet. Not knowing the age of the water stains, we were concerned about mold and the mouse droppings did not give us a piece of mind the cabin was healthy so we limited our time in the cabin.
If you are concerned about this cabin request photos to verify our review
Peaceful and amazing. We loved evety moment. The view from the front room is spectacular. Home is warm and cozy.
We have only good things to say about our stay. It was a very pleasant experience all around. The cabin's rural location was exactly what we're looking for, and although on the smaller size it worked perfectly for us (family of 5) and kept us together for the best family quality time. It's warm and cozy and well equipped with the atmost amazing views one can ask for. Also the owner was always very pleasant to work with, always patient, quick to respond to emails and on top of things. We had the most perfect vacation and can't wait to come again. Thank you Ted Bosley!
My family (2+3 kids) spent 4 days in the cabin. The house is absolutely perfect, very clean and well equipped.
We hiked everyday, following Edward's suggestions, Alabama hills, Mt Whitney, and Onion Valley. In addition, we went to Death Valley, which is about 2 hr drive from the house. Our kids played outside while my husband and I were preparing food for Thanksgiving dinner, and they couldn't get enough. Backyard has a decent size, small bushes which create some sort of a maze/ hiding spots.
What I love the most about this place is the silence amplified with stunning mountain view. I highly recommend this place. I hope we will be back there during spring.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
A cleaning fee of $90 is required. Additional housecleaning visits may be required for longer stays.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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.