When 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:
Campground with a view: Tuttle Creek west of the Alabama Hills.
Mountaineering store: Elevation Climbing in Lone Pine.
Coffeehouse: Black Sheep Coffee Roasters in Bishop.
Baked goods: Great Basin Bakery in Bishop.
Profile photograph courtesy kcet.org
This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package