census-designated place in Inyo County, California, United States

Big Pine is in the Eastern Sierra region of California. It is one of a chain of small towns along US Route 395 in the Owens Valley along the southern Sierra Nevada.

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Big Pine is a portal to exploring both the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains.

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The seven lakes area is a great hike and offers and good fishing.

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  • 1 Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, 12 mi (0.80 km) north of Big Pine; go east on CA 168 for 12 mi (19 km). Turn left on the White Mountain Road, clearly signed to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Follow this paved road 10 mi (16 km) (within Inyo National Forest), +1 760 873-2500. mid-May through mid-November, depending on snow levels. This forest consists of bristle cone pines which grow to extremely old age. The oldest tree, Methuselah, is around 4,800 years old. The visitor center burned down in September of 2008 and has been reconstructed. Visitors should be prepared with their own food and water.    
  • Inyo National Forest stretches to the northwest and northeast of Big Pine.
  • Eureka Dunes in Death Valley N.P. can be accessed on a mostly-paved route from Big Pine on CA 168 East, then continuing east on Death Valley Rd. This route is to Eureka Dunes is accessibly to most vehicles: the majority of the route is paved, with the last 10 miles unpaved packed dirt/sand.
Routes through Big Pine
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