Big Pine, California is census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County located about about 15 miles southeast of Bishop at an elevation of 3,989 feet. The town is located in Owens Valley west of Owens River between the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the west and the White Mountains on the east.
Big Pine post office first opened in 1870. From 1895 to 1962, the name of the town was known as Bigpine.
Big Pine has a “big pine” giant sequoia tree that is located at the junction of Highway 395 and CA Route 168 on the northern section of the town. The tree, one of the oldest species in the world, was planted in 1913 to pay tribute to the opening of the Westgard Pass. This narrow pass runs through the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains at an elevation of 7,313 feet.