Lake Owens
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Weekend escape to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

Lake Owens

Rock-and-steel artistic structure with curved granite walls inspired by the wing-shapes of shore birds.

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Lake Owens

Trails along Owens Lake with views of the Sierra Nevada.

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Lake Owens

Los Angeles has built a $4.6-million rock-and-steel public plaza on a remote corner of an alkaline playa in the eastern Sierra that was a major battleground of the century-long water wars between the city and Owens Valley. It was designed to be a destination for sightseers and hikers, and a place for community gatherings and wedding ceremonies with spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada.

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Lake Owens

Rock and metal art installation in Lake Owens.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Lake Owens

Michael Prather, left, a Lone Pine botanist, checks a specially designed round metal structure for bird viewing along the trails at Owens Lake. 

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Quick getaway to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

Owens Lake in the Owens Valley, about five miles south of Lone Pine, Calif.

 (Sara Lessley)
Quick getaway to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

Owens Lake

 (Sara Lessley)
Quick getaway to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

An avocado and bacon omelet at the Alabama Hills Cafe & Bakery.

 (Sara Lessley)
Quick getaway to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

Dow Villa, 310 S. Main St., Lone Pine; (800) 824-9317, www.dowvillamotel.com. Rooms from $80. Wheelchair-accessible motel rooms.

 (Sara Lessley)
Quick getaway to Lone Pine and Owens Lake

Dow Villa on Main Street in Lone Pine.

 (Sara Lessley)
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