This past week we went on the most fantastic overnight camping trip. We drove 3 1/2 hours into the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to land at Mt. Whitney Portal. Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states of the United States (that excludes Alaska & Hawaii).
The First Stop on Our Journey
On our way to the mountains we made a stop at the Jawbone Canyon Store which is located in the Mojave desert. This little rest stop was surrounded by tons of desert flat land. The cashier inside was extremely friendly and told us this is a huge stopping point for people during the holidays. They have tons of vintage pieces throughout the parking area and an old gas pump if you need to fill up.
The City of Lone Pine
Next we landed in Lone Pine, California for lunch before making the trek into the mountains. Lone Pine is a town most famous for its use in films over the past century. More specifically, a lot of John Wayne’s spaghetti westerns were filmed here. More recently filmed here: Iron Man, Django Unchained & the newest Godzilla. You can check out a full list of movies filmed in Lone Pine HERE.
We Made it to Mt. Whitney Portal
We wish the pictures did this place justice; that is how breathtaking of a view it is. Upon checking in to our site, our camp host told us two brown bear had been though our exact campsite the night before. We thankfully didn’t have any bear run-ins this time around. Once we settled into our campsite with our handsome guys, we decided to take a mile long hike up to the Whitney Portal Store.
Our Hike into the Woods
The hike to the Mt. Whitney Portal store was UNREAL. There were streams, waterfalls & springs to swim in. It was also fascinating to see so many pine trees in one place.
Thanks for following along on our mountain journey. We are already planning a trip back to take on the 14,505 feet of Mt. Whitney.
Photography by: Ashley Sutton, Amy Nosowitz & Pete Capella