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Alabama Hills Rock Climbing

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Entrance to Alabama Hills on Whitney Portal Road.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Movie Road turnoff into Alabama Hills from Whitney Portal Road.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Spheroidal weathered boulders.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Roads through the Alabama Hills.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Bouldering options are abundant in Alabama Hills.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Sun on the boulders of Alabama Hills.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Morning Light across the Owens River Valley.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • There is plenty of room for primative camping near the climbing areas.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Plenty of room for RV camping- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Alabama Hills.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Bouldering in every direction.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • - Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • Mount Whitney towering above the Alabama Hills.- Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
  • - Alabama Hills Rock Climbing
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Pros: 
Endless climbing route possibilities. Free access. Whitney Portal access. Views of Mount Whitney.
Cons: 
No amenitites.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Alabama Hills Recreation Area is made up of large rock formations sitting in the high desert below the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management manages the 30,000-acres of high desert land. There are two types of rock that make up the hills. An orange metamorphosed volcanic rock that is 150-200 million years old, and biotite monzogranite that is 82 to 85 million years old and forms the large round boulders shaped by spheroidal weathering. These spherical boulders provide plentiful bouldering opportunities, and some of the bigger rock provides sport and trad routes.

The Alabama Hills are known for their long history as settings for film and movies, hence the main access road’s name, “Movie Road.” Alabama Hills is a great place to spend the night for free in any of the dispersed campsites while on your way to hike the shadowing Mount Whitney or other destinations in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Besides climbing, you can also enjoy day hiking in the high desert. Watch for unique features such as granite arches. To avoid the heat during warmer months, be sure to climb earlier or later in the day. These are also great times to catch the beautiful sunsets and sunrises of the Eastern Sierra.

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