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Alabama Hills Rec Area is located in California
36.595 N
-118.108 W
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15 Reviews of Alabama Hills Rec Area
Always a nice stop

One of the best BLM spots around . There are no amenities so you have to be 100% self contained. Bring your own everything. Always will stop here when visiting the 395. Hope it stays pristine

Where the desert meets the mountains

This is a great dispersed camping area at the base of the E. Sierras. Camping can be along any one of several dirt roads, explore a bit til you find just the right spot (existing sites are easy to pick out)! The town of Lone Pine is nearby but make sure you bring plenty of food and water. Pack in/Pack out. With Mt. Whitney as your back drop you really can't go wrong here.

Excellent dispersed camping in eastern Sierras

If youre comfortable with primitive dispersed camping, this is the place to go in the eastern Sierras. Like walking on mars, the landscape is amazing with endless boulders and unobstructed views of Mt Whitney. I was there in April, and it was quite windy so be prepared for that. If youre setting up a tent, make sure youre able to stake it down securely. With the ground being dry and rocky make sure to pick a spot accordingly. The area is ideal for RV or car camping.

We got some early morning wind and rain, but were rewarded full crisp rainbow that lasted a good 30 minutes, stretching over the landscape. It was quite the scene.

Loaction wise, youre close enough to the town of Lone Pine if you need groceries, laundry or shower, or feel like having a bite or drink at a local watering hole. It also feels far enough away civilization to have a genuine wilderness experience, and little light pollution from town. I look forward to going back!

deserty, dry, but plenty of space

This is one of our intermediate stops if I'm going on a weekend trip to Mammoth. There are a pretty substantial amount of off-road/mtb trails in this area, if that's your thing. Also, you might get the stray hiker trying to make it to the Mount Whitney trailhead.

Desert landscapes aren't usually my thing, but there's plenty of space. I'd avoid in the summer unless there's something you really want to do here - it got fairly hot even in March. Also, it's free, so for the price I can't really complain. Just pack in/pack out!!

Gateway to Mount Whitney

BLM land, so you can camp anywhere. Have to pack-in and pack-out. No fees, but you do need a campfire permit.

Stunning views and wide open spaces. Great bouldering and day use as well.

Awesome & Adventerous

Come prepared with plenty of water and a sense of adventure. Camping here you will see adventurist of all kinds from hikers, rock climbers, rv's/vans & some tent camping. Plenty of fascinating landscape to enjoy any outdoor lovers playground. Visited in Summer of 2016. Nearby town of Lonepine has access to water, showers available @ hostel, restraunts & local bakery.

Views of Mt Whitney

Free campground. Plenty of random dirt roads leading to private sites nestled among giant rocks. Couple established trails , but the opportunity for exploring on your own is endless!

Downside. Really really really hot in summer. Like. Insanely hot. But when Whitney portal campground is full, this is close!

sunrise view of Whitney , is breathtaking

Alabama Hills, CA 36°35'57.7"N 118°06'32.4"W

Alabama Hills California presents a varied landscape. From the picture above you can plainly see the desert floor to MT. Whitney, snow capped in March of 2018.

“Its like this place was made for exploring and with no end in sight”

With a last minute decision to make the 2.5 hour trek from our home in Valencia, California. Makayla packed up after her early release and headed North via the I-14 and CA-395.

The prior week had heavy rainstorms, high winds and the potential for below freezing temps. The unclear conditions mixed with the reality of fast moving flash floods in the area nearly cancelled the entire trip.

The area and what we recommend Access to the area is relatively easy. The trails are mostly groomed and with a most CUV's, Soft-roaders and even some 2wd vehicles can make the most of the area. If you want to get to the more interesting bits, like up Mt. Whitney, you will need a high clearance 4wd with Low Range and purposed tires. The scenery is nearly second to none and will not disappoint.

Camping is first come - first serve. There are no fees as this is an open area so plan accordingly as I am sure holidays can get packed. No shower or restroom facilities are available, so bring the necessary kit.

Alabama Hills may look familiar to many of you due to the simple fact that it has been seen in a large amount of movies. Westerns to Iron Man, the Hills were so widely used, one of the roads is appropriately titled "Movie Road".

Photographers alike can also take advantage of very little light pollution. Meaning that the low light Milky Way shots are considerably easier.

Alabama Hills Cafe is hands down the best place to grab breakfast for an early out when heading back to civilization. After a few days in the wilderness, there is nothing wrong with letting someone else do the cook and do the dishes for you

This place was beyond beautiful! The moon had not come up til 4am. I was in awe with the valley and being Towered by mount Whitney’s presence. I’m completely surprised by this place.

This place is an open camping “resort “. I mean if you like camping in nature. Being towered by the natural boaulders and the highest peak in 48 states with no moon felt like being on a mother planet.

Another Planet

There is a reason tons of movies have been filmed here, because it's like you are on another planet. The landscape is like no other and the views are amazing. It's open land so you can just set up camp anywhere. It does get windy so find yourself a protected area. Mt. Whitney portal is just up the way and Lone Pine is just down the way. Fun trails, fun rocks, and it's all free.