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

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


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.

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Ted Bosley
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, Romanian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

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 Lone Pine

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.


Lone Pine Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large mirror over sink and counter.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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


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Hike, Fish, Chill Out; No Finer View Of The High Sierras Anywhere!
average rating of 4.87931 based on 58 reviews

Great place, great host.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations were exactly as described and exactly what we expected. Ted made sure that had what we needed.

The views are stunning and we would return.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we'd hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

In lieu of Christmas presents this year, our family decided to take a trip together to make new memories and enjoy each other's company. We chose Ted's cabin based off the amazing reviews and the promise of stunning scenery, and we were not disappointed! There was plenty of room for our family of four adults. My sister and I (both in our mid-twenties) slept on the bunk beds, which were very comfortable despite the small appearance. The kitchen was fully stocked with every appliance we needed, and there were several options for entertainment (games, movies, books, etc.). We woke up every morning to the beautiful view of the sunrise over Lone Pine Peak and Mt. Whitney and relaxed every night in front of the living room fireplace. Our days were spent almost entirely outdoors, exploring the nearby Alabama Hills, Whitney Portal, Manzanar, and Death Valley, but for those hoping to spend more time relaxing inside the cabin with electronics, it should be noted that the Wifi connection is strong. We hope to get a chance return to Ted's cabin in the near future, because there is still so much exploring to be done!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this house! The view of the mountains and the proximity to the Alabama Hills and Mt Whitney made us feel like we were always immersed in the beautiful area whether we were hiking or just hanging out by the fire soaking up the views.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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restorative retreat

  • 5 of 5

The warm and cozy cabin is exactly like the owner described it. We loved it on our first stay, and love it even more each time. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We felt right at home

  • 5 of 5

We spent Thanksgiving weekend at this wonderful cabin and couldn't have been more pleased. It's cozy and comfortable, and we settled in immediately, as if it were our own vacation home. The location and views are outstanding. We had complete privacy and quietude, and it was great to come back to a hot shower, crackling fire, and home-cooked dinner after a day of hiking and exploring. Yes, it's a bit rustic--I would recommend some weather stripping for the front door (there's a gap between the frame and door that may have been responsible for the flying insects that entered) and some brighter lighting in the kitchen (there's a counter light near the sink, but next time I'll bring a goose-neck tensor lamp and train some light on the countertop I did my kitchen prep work on)--but we're life-long campers, so this didn't bother us. And it's lived-in feel meant we didn't have to tiptoe around in fear of ruining anything. We didn't test the bunkbeds, but the queen bed was comfortable, and the bed in the living room was a very nice spot to stretch out and read (lots of great historical books available! My husband was fascinated with John Muir's account of his first summer in the Sierra) or just contemplate the magnificent view out the front window. Perfect for a small family, a couple, or a few close friends who want a retreat that is convenient to both town and wilderness, with so much more personality and amenities than a motel room. We hope to stay again soon. Thanks, Ted and Denise!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: October 2017
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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
Nearest Ski
108 Miles
Mammoth Mountain
Nearest Beach
230 Miles
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.




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.