The area surrounding the Sierra Adventure Center offers a wide range of activities including fantastic hiking trails, lakes, and plant and animal life. Take a dip in the hot springs, visit The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, or make the hike to see Palisade Glacier, the Big Pine area offers all these activities and much more. For details consult “The Other Side of California”.
Mammoth Mountain Resort the premier winter ski destination situated on 3,500 acres of terrain for all skill levels is located about an 1:20 drive from the center. Summertime activities include scenic gondola rides, mountain biking, hiking, golf, climbing wall, zip line, and bungee trampoline
Palisade Glacier is the largest glacier in the Sierra Nevada and the southernmost glacier in the Western Hemisphere. It sits at an elevation between 13,000 and 14,000 feet and while you may see the glacier from the Valley floor, many avid hikers chose to make the challenging hike to get that spectacular view of the glacier.
Keough’s Hot Springs
Keough’s hot springs are the largest natural hot spring pools in the Eastern Sierra, a perfect place to relax in the friendly surroundings. There is a snack bar serving cold drinks, sandwiches, and an array of appetizing snacks. Campsites and lodging facilities are also available. For more information call: (760) 872-6911.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Take a drive down State highway 168 and 26 miles east of Big Pine you will find the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. This forest is home to the oldest living things in the world, the Bristlecone Pines. The twisted and gnarled trees grow at elevations around 10,000 feet and above and have somehow managed to thrive in spite of the rough terrain they inhabit.
Volcanic Fields and Crater Mountain
Volcanic Fields and Crater Mountain From Highway 395 turn up Crocker Avenue and go approximately 1.5 miles to the McMurray Meadow turnoff. Explore this extinct volcanic area by truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or by hiking. Lava tubes and an old mine are also part of the experience.
Klondike Lake is located 3 miles north of Big Pine on the east side of Highway 395. This is an ideal place for summer water sports like swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and kayaking. Birding is also plentiful, great blue herons, avocets, sandpipers and ducks just to name a few.