Zach Behrens’ Guide to The Eastern Sierra, California

KCETs director of news is hooked on dramatic peaks and pristine lakes

ZachBehrensWhen Behrens first came to Southern California, it took him a while to visit the Eastern Sierra. “But once I did,” he says,
“I was hooked. If you want extreme adventure, there are endless peaks and blue and turquoise alpine lakes to hike to. Not to mention great skiing and mountain biking in Mammoth.” Last year Behrens visited the area around Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, at least once a month. Here are his recommendations:

theessentials_masa_tCampground with a view: Tuttle Creek west of the Alabama Hills.

theessentials_masa_tHikes: Mount Whitney Trail to Lone Pine Lake; Little Lakes Valley and Convict Lake

theessentials_masa_tMountaineering store: Elevation Climbing in Lone Pine.

theessentials_masa_tCoffeehouse: Black Sheep Coffee Roasters in Bishop.

theessentials_masa_tBaked goods: Great Basin Bakery in Bishop.

theessentials_masa_tMicrobreweries: Indian Wells Brewing Company in Inyokern; June Lake Brewing in June Lake.


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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package