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Cities and Towns - Owens Valley - Inyo County

Big Pine, California

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Big Pine California is a small town along State Highway 395 between Independence and Bishop. Big Pine is the gateway to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains and the Eureka Dunes in the extreme north end of Death Valley National Park. There is fishing in the nearby Owens River as well numerous lakes doting the region. Big Pine is also known as the home to the Palisades, 6 peaks in the Sierra Nevada Crest rising over 14,000 feet in elevation. Below the peaks is the largest glacier in California, the Palisades Glacier. Of the countless trails in the region, many climb to over 6,000 ft.

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Several gold mines and prospects exist on the west slope of the White Mountains in northern Inyo County a few miles northeast of Big Pine and southeast of Bishop. The deposits consist of narrow quartz veins in Paleozoic metasediments cut by granitic dikes. The ore contains free gold, pyrite, and varying amounts of other sulfides.

BULLETIN 193
California Division of Mines and Geology
Sacramento, California, 1970

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