Far east of La La land on CA 395 is the small town of Lone Pine a gateway to the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and the tallest peak in the lower 48, 14,505 ft Mt Whitney. The Whitney portal road, which heads west out of town, leads you to the Alabama Hills, a spectacular landscape of boulders and sage brush. Many films have been made here and you have no doubt seen one, you just don't know it. You kind of expect to see Captain Kirk or The Duke around every corner.
Not to be out done by Mt Whitney, 12,949 ft Lone Pine Peak rises prominantly to the south in a spectacular array of peaks and ridges, Mobius Arch a short hike from the end of Movie road makes a nice frame for either Lone Pine or Whitney.
that would be me sitting in Mobius Arch
The interesting thing about this mountain range, is how they thrust straight up out of the desert, shear cliffs rising hundreds of feet out of the Sage brush in front of you. It's reminicent of The Grand Teton and the Canadian Rockies, Hiking in this area could be a lot of fun and make for some very interesting photography.
more pics here at my Flickr site