Alabama Hills Recreational Area
Movie Flat Road Lone Pine CA , Lone Pine, CA, USA
Alabama Hills Recreational Area Lone Pine Reviews
a hidden gem right in our 'backyard'... Jul 31, 2014
Where is Alabama Hills Recreation Area?
Alabama Hills Recreation Area is in California, one of thousands hidden gem of my home state aka “the Golden State." Alabama Hills is spread out in rocky hills in a town called “Lone Pine” by the slopes of Sierra Nevada Mountains in Owens Valley, part of Into County California.
One very interesting fact about this recreation area is often the backdrop of many Hollywood films like Gladiator, Star Trek Generations, Iron Man, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and many other classic movies. It is a location often picked by movie creators because of the wide and spectacular landscapes, rock formations and mountain views. In fact, two of the sites here are named “Movie Flat Road” and “Movie Flats”…
The highlight of our visit to the Alabama Hills is the hike to “Mobius Arch” but because of its shape and hole in the middle, I call it fondly “the Donut Rock.” The hike is considered easy and only a mile and a half from the parking lot. The trailhead starts from there, too. The trails are marked, at least at the time of our visit. I suggest an early morning journey so the sites could be enjoyed more versus starting when the sun is no longer “friendly.” The area is wide-open and no trees to give shades along the hiking progress. Also, starting early will result in better photographs. Donut Rock is very photogenic especially the hole to frame Mt. Whitney on the background! Enjoy the sceneries along the trail and the deafening quietness of the open landscape!
How to Get There:
From Lone Pine, proceed West, at the traffic light (the one and only traffic light in town) turn left onto Whitney Portal Road, keep driving until you see Movie Flat Road, make a right turn. Keep driving again until a small turn out right where the road T’s into two different roads. There are no signs on the road that will tell you where you are so be vigilant for the T’s. When you reach the turnout, go ahead and park, and you should see a small, easy to miss, trailhead sign to the West that you can follow for a half mile to the arch. Also, the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center near Lone Pine provides maps for visitors who wish to locate the many famous scenes within the Alabama Hills.
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