California, you’re so unreal! A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep this pretty brief. First stop before heading up Whitney was Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center to pick up our permits and Mt. Whitney postcards! The drive out through the Alabama Hills was incredible; I’d come in under the cover of night and couldn’t see any of this splendor.
On the way back to Whitney Portal, Chris the Last Adventurer suggested we stop and kill some time. We wandered over to the Mobius Arch and Lathe Arche and played tourist under the watchful gaze of Mt. Whitney. Towering rock formations dotted the landscape, as far as the eye could see. The Alabama Hills is a photographer’s dream.
It’s also a very popular area for filming Westerns with rugged environments.
Climbing is popular here as well, with the Shark’s Fin being the most notable and sought after climb.
Because this is BLM land, you are free to camp anywhere you’d like in the Alabama Hills.
For more information on the history of the hills and for fun movie facts & tidbits, check out the Bureau of Land Management page here or the Wikipedia article!
Want more? Check out my Eastern Sierra roadtrip or hike Mount Whitney.
Last updated on September 7, 2018.