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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Reviewed 17 October 2019 via mobile

The Whitney portal store is a great place to stock up on gear and souvenirs and to get an outstanding view of Mount Whitney Trail and Peak. The Mount Whitney Trail requires a pass to hike due to the over excessive use so there are...other trails in the area but you can't just jump on the Mount Whitney Trail. The portal store had excellent variety of hiking and backpacking gear and we were able to grab a pair of gloves and a nice warm hat that we forgot to bring plus I added a nice patch to sew onto my back pack from where I hiked Mount Whitney seven years ago. It's quite picturesque in the waterfall was flowing. They serve pancakes that are absolutely monstrous! People sitting there eating them offered us a bite which was laughably cute! The cashier mentioned that they have a patron who comes in and orders a bunch and puts them in the freezer to eat for later so they are obviously quite delicious but I didn't get to try one myself. And one can certainly handle that number of carbs when they're getting ready to hike the trail! Stop into the store and say hello!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 12 October 2019

They Anything You Need, Even Fresh Meat & Seafood Right In The Middle Of Town. Fair / Low Prices..Friendly & Helpful Clerks...

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 8 October 2019

Make the journey. It's a bit of a haul in terms of elevation and switchbacks but...you can do it. The striking difference in temperature (-31 degree difference from base) is refreshing but be prepared for dress. The store is small but packed with various hiker...necessities and souvenirs. Do yourself a favor and get the fries with whatever you order. Amazing. Pricey, but amazing. The location is beauty, bliss and peace. Misses the five rating as the lady running the register was pretty cold and unfriendly. Perhaps dealing with tourists and wanna be outdoorsy people wears a person thin. Still, could ya pretend to even slightly care?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 26 September 2019

Note: this is not located in Lone Pine, but in Whitney Portal, which 13 miles away from Lone Pine at the start of the Whitney Trail. It is an awesome place to visit. The owner Doug is so knowledgeable about Whitney and is a so...friendly. The store itself has lots of supplies and some cool souvenirs.They serve food, and portions are huge! Hikers love the pancake in the morning, and the burger and fries all other times. They have a good selection of beers and drinks, you just grab what you want out of the fridge. You order at the counter, seating is outside.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

We've visited the Alabama Hills for years but never drove up any further along Whitney Portal Rd. Such a nice drive from the desert floor to tree covered mountains. At the end of the road is the store. We parked and decided to share a...hamburger and fries. Good sized burger and very tasty fries. There is a wheelchair ramp up to the tables but I didn't venture into the store. We did, however, look for the waterfall and were able to wheelchair around the area quite well. Be sure to bring a camera for both the ride up and the views on the way back down.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Husband and I hiked 55 mikes from Lone Pine over Mt. Whitney and exited at portal. After living on Mountain House meals and sweet granola for five days, that last mile was filled with hopes for a bag of salty chips. Store was out of...chips but made us the biggest best plate of homemade fries ever!! We devoured them with salt and ketchup with Stellar Jays overhead and chipmunks aka Timber Tigers under foot. Store staff was super friendly. We had showers after our meal and shopped for cool supplies and souvenirs. Wonderful little store-restaurant in the forest.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

We drove the switchbacks to the end of Mount Whitney Portal Road appreciating the gorgeous views on the way up and more beautiful views on the way down. There is parking at the end of Mount Whitney Portal Road. We took time to enjoy the...scenery and water fall. We ate burgers at the Portal Store. If not that hungry then share because the burgers are huge. The Portal Store had Alaskan Amber Ale as well as other drink selections.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

About 20 years ago I saw this restaurant on the travel channel and wanted to have that pancake. Well finally I got to have it. It was a 4 hr drive from LA and we needed to be there before 10:45am as that's when they...stop breakfast. To easily find this place you can use location code on google maps: HQP5+PM Whitney Portal, California The place is not in Lone pine and you need to go to the actual Whitney portal to visit. We got there just after 10am and were relieved. Ordered a few pancakes and some eggs. the food came out quick. The prices were incredibly high. The woman who staffed the front counter was so cold. I was shocked. She was very curt with everybody and got into numerous arguments with customers over nonsense. She made great experience a just OK one. The food was good. The pancake is very yeasty and not at all sweet. It's pretty good and rather unique. I've tasted nothing like it before. The eggs were just eggs but were tasty. The store is pretty cool. They have all sorts of neat stuff. Local guide books and crafts. Maps and more. The whole occasion would have been a 5 if it wasn't for the very poor customer service. Pretty much if you want that big pancake you're going to go get it no matter what. It was worth getting. The location is very remote. so there's no sinks to wash your hands.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Although it's about a 12 mile drive from Lone Pine once there it is beautiful but the best part was the bacon burger. OMG!!! And the fries are to die for and plentiful. You will love this place and you won't get cheated. Don't miss...it.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

I loved this store. they had a great collection of stuff and most stuff that you need. I had bought a couple different shirts and i thought the dry fit shirts were cheap. the staff there was very nice. There was quite a collection of...shirts and most stuff that you needed for hiking and camping.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Fredsher
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Response from armstrongvk12 | Reviewed this property |
Send the camera to Doug at Whitney Portal. Anyone who hiked Whitney or stayed at the campground or visited the store is most likely to look there. The stores closes for the winter so send to the hostel in Lone Pine if closed.
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