Alabama Hills, California

Alabama Hills is right off highway 395 near the city of Lone Pine. It's a gorgeous stark contrast to the Sierras just beyond it in the landscape. We debated stopping by on our road trip from Mammoth Lakes since it was a scorching 103 degrees outside in June. It’s only 3 miles from the highway, so we decided to at least check it out even if it only meant taking a few photos and moving on. We mapped ourselves to Mobius Arch trailhead in hopes we’d be able to hike to it’s vista. The Alabama Hills have over a dozen naturally formed rock arches, and are also famous for being a popular set for old western movies. 

Drive into Alabama Hills, with the snow-capped Sierras in the backdrop

The drive was magnificent. Large sand colored boulders and desert heat beneath the largest snow-capped mountains of California. Truly a sight to see. It was easy to find the Mobius Arch trailhead, and overall the trail is pretty well marked. The heat was intense but there was a slight breeze so we decided to hike it. Mobius is the most famous of the arches because you can view Mount Whitney through it. It was well worth the detour! If you could time it right it’d be a spectacular place to photograph at sunset.

Alabama Hills rock formations

Mobiles Arch, with a view of Mount Whitney

If you are driving down highway 395, be sure to stop and see Alabama Hills!

Mobiles Arch Trailhead Location: Movie Flat Rd, Lone Pine, CA 93545