Lone Pine's Alabama Hills
Lone Pine is located in the high desert adjacent to the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Its elevation is 3,700 feet above sea level. Rising above the desert floor are the Sierra, which are over two miles high. Mount Whitney is the highest peak at the the elevation of 14,495 feet. It's one of the highest mountains in North America. Just outside the town are the Alabama Hills in the Owens Valley. These incredible rock formations are situated downwind of Mount Whitney.
The history of Hollywood filming at Lone Pine dates back to 1919. Numerous movies and serials were filmed in this desolate region. "The Lone Ranger" was filmed here in 1938. The only episode of "Bonanza" filmed at Lone Pine and vicinity was the two-part saga, "The Pursued". Shooting took place for 6 days on location in July of 1966.
DIRECTIONS: To drive here, take the I-5 North to the Antelope Valley Freeway, East, and continue all the way on the freeway, which is the 14, all the way past Red Rock Canyon, and then turn North on Highway 395, the Three Flags Highway. Lone Pine is off 395 and to your left, are the Alabama Hills, where there are service roads and signposts, for this historical area of film history.
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