The Area

This area has been a key spot for climbers, as the peaks surrounding this high valley are notable for their elevation and difficulty.

Site of the cabin built for Lon Chaney, as well as a unique movie set (you can see the remnants), this spot is unparalleled for beauty and peacefulness.

Famed artist Edgar Payne continually visited here to paint his iconic art.  You can see a video on YouTube of this highly acclaimed artist’s work.

Noted artist Robert Clunie repeatedly sought these mountains to paint…you can see his work at the Coons Gallery in Bishop.

Here is a ‘constructed’ topo map of the area – it took FOUR maps to create this: Mt. Thompson, Coyote Flat, North Palisade and Split Mountain.

Map of the Palisades and Big Pine Lakes