Mobius Arch

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • The parking lot at Movie Road.- Mobius Arch
  • The Mobius Arch Trailhead.- Mobius Arch
  • In the winter, the area can be covered by snow.- Mobius Arch
  • The Mobius Arch.- Mobius Arch
  • The Mobius Arch.- Mobius Arch
  • The Mobius Arch.- Mobius Arch
  • Lone Pine Peak viewed from the Alabama Hills.- Mobius Arch
  • Lone Pine Peak viewed from the Alabama Hills.- Mobius Arch
  • Keep your feet on the trail to Mobius Arch, which earns its winter coat.- Mobius Arch
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Easy parking. Big Vistas.
Cons: 
Crowded on weekends. Rough road.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
37.00 ft (11.28 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,650.00 ft (1,417.32 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located at the base of Mount Whitney, the grand view of the Mobius Arch astride the Alabama Hills is unmatched, a location that has been used as a background for many movies. The Mobius Arch spans about 6.5 feet, and is one of the most accessible and most famous of the dozen or so natural arches around the area.

The rock formation of the Alabama Hills shares the same geological formation with the Sierra Nevada. The difference is how the rock has weathered; the rounder contours of the Alabama Hills are distinct from the jagged sharp edges of the Sierra Nevada.

Two main types of rock are found in the area: orange and weathered metamorphosed volcanic rock that is 150 to 200 million years old, and 82- to 85-million-year-old biotite monzogranite that appears in large, potato-shaped boulders, many of which stand on end due to spheroidal weathering.

The area around Mobius Arch is a multi-sport and multi-purpose area, whether you are in need of a camping spot, a thrill of climbing, or a short hike.

The trailhead can be access from Movie Road. There is a big parking lot that is hard to miss. 

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