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Alabama Hills

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Alabama Hills 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 36.565, -118.1261 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Alabama Hills lie west of Highway 395 and the town of Lone Pine, below Mt. Whitney. The climbing here is on coarse, monzonite granite, which ranges from good to really chossy. Bouldering is plentiful.

This area has long been used as a film location and is one of the most photographed areas in California and the panoramas are breathtaking!

Please stay in the Tuttle Creek Campground to minimize impact on this delicate area. Watch out for rattlesnakes.


Getting There 

Take Whitney Portal Road to this area. Most of the climbing is accessed from Movie Road, witch heads north from the Whitney Portal Road.

For complete information get "A Rockclimber's Guide to The Alabama Hills," by Michael Strassman.

Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise.
Photo by Blitzo.



Climbing Season


221 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',53],['2 Stars',104],['1 Star',53],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',38],['5.8',34],['5.9',47],['5.10',67],['5.11',9],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alabama Hills:
Shark's Fin Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   The Shark's Fin
Center Dinosaur Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   The Cattle Pocket : Dinosaur Cracks
Rotten Bananas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Tall Wall
Ranger Ron   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 150'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
Drop Out   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Chocolate Block
Bananarama   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Tall Wall
Coral Sea Adventure   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   The Shark's Fin
Muffy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Arizona Dome
Ankles Away   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 80'   Western Wall Area : Hoodgie Wall
Peanut Butter & Chocolate   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 175'   The Chocolate Block
Pangborn   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 140'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
Paul's Paradise   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Paul's Paradise : Paul's Backyard
Lives of the Cowboys   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   The Tall Wall
Scoop Ejector   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Pistachio
Hang 'em High   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Western Wall Area : The Western Wall
Alabama Hills Gang   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
My Little Lab Rat   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Penguins
High Plains Drifter   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Western Wall Area : The Western Wall
Blockade Runner   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Alabama Dome
Dihedral Dance   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Alabama Dome
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Lives of the Cowboys, Tall Wall, Alabama Hills California

Lives of the Cowboys 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : The Tall Wall
Pitch 1: An awkward entry move establishes you in a chimney. After thrutching upward for a bit, step out onto the steep left wall and climb up until the angle eases. The belay is on the left.Pitch 2: Continue up low angle slab to a steep wall. Climb this, moving up and right, to a lower angle slab. Follow this to the belay ledge.Descent: two 25m rappels (from Mussy Hooks) return to the ground....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Alabama Hills Slideshow Add Photo
Out in the hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Out in the hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Woody Stark on the Tall Wall
Woody Stark on the Tall Wall
Nice place.
Nice place.
Beware of sidewinders! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of sidewinders!
Photo by Blitzo.
Amy Jo  Ness bouldering at Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Amy Jo Ness bouldering at Alabama Hills.
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Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
the arch at the hills
the arch at the hills
The Arch. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Arch.
Photo by Blitzo.
Shark's Fin and Sierras. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Shark's Fin and Sierras.
Photo by Blitzo.
Towers-Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Towers-Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise.
Photo by Blit...
Mojave Aster. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Aster.
Photo by Blitzo.
The many faces of the Alabama Hills
The many faces of the Alabama Hills
Calico is widespread at Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Calico is widespread at Alabama Hills.
Photo by Bl...
alpenglow from the hills
alpenglow from the hills
Yellow Bee-Plant (Cleome lutea), Alabama Hills
Yellow Bee-Plant (Cleome lutea), Alabama Hills
Brown-eyed evening primrose. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Brown-eyed evening primrose.
Photo by Blitzo.
Spires in the Alabama Hills
Spires in the Alabama Hills
Inyo Mountains beyond the Alabama Hills. March 2010
Inyo Mountains beyond the Alabama Hills. March 201...
Gunga Din area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Gunga Din area.
Photo by Blitzo.
Historical plaque at the entrance to the Gunga Din area, Alabama Hills
Historical plaque at the entrance to the Gunga Din...
Mt. Tyndall and Mt. Williamson. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Tyndall and Mt. Williamson.
Photo by Blitzo.
Roadside rock art, Alabama Hills
Roadside rock art, Alabama Hills
The Walnut and The Pistachio. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Walnut and The Pistachio.
Photo by Blitzo.
Red sky-Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Red sky-Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills. <br />Photo By Blitzo.
Alabama Hills.
Photo By Blitzo.
Alabama Hills morning. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills morning.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Towers. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Towers.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
Yerba Mansa? <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yerba Mansa?
Photo by Blitzo.
Diaz Dome, Alabama Hills
Diaz Dome, Alabama Hills
Alabama Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Dome.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills
Love this arch, a must see
Love this arch, a must see
Campfire in the Alabama Hills, Sierra Eastside
Campfire in the Alabama Hills, Sierra Eastside
Alabama Hills. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills.
Photo by Blitzo.
stormy day in the alabama hills
stormy day in the alabama hills
It get's warm at the Hills. Be sure to stock up on plenty of Mammoth Beer in town. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
It get's warm at the Hills. Be sure to stock up on...
Tuttle Creek, running well after a Spring Storm.
Tuttle Creek, running well after a Spring Storm.
Roadside art in the Alabama Hills, Sierra Eastside  <br />
Roadside art in the Alabama Hills, Sierra Eastside...
Proof lots of love in the hills.
Proof lots of love in the hills.
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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Administrator
From: Alabama
Apr 15, 2008

Awesome area, spectacular.
Why do they call it Alabama Hills?

By Darrell Hensel
Aug 13, 2008

Per the Alabama Hills name: In the 1860's the town of Lone Pine was primarily Southern (Confederacy) in their sympathies with regard to the Civil War. The town of Independence on the other hand (~15 miles away), being a Federal Fort, was primarily Northern (Union) in their sympathies. The residents of Lone Pine named the Alabama Hills to commemorate the Confederate iron-clad warship Alabama, which was wrecking havoc on the Union fleet. To counter, the residents of Independence later named a local gold mine Kersarge, to commemorate the Union warship that sank the Alabama.

Finally! Marty's guide is available...

By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 23, 2011

This would be a terrific place to take a new climber - the routes are user friendly, easy approaches, and there are many moderates.

By lucander
From: Stone Ridge, NY
Dec 10, 2012

How's the season for reliable and comfortable weather? Winter cragging in January or Spring Break (I'm a teacher) in late March? If too cold then, how about May/June-August?

By Russ Walling
From: www.FishProducts.com
Dec 10, 2012

Hi David!

It is a lot like Josh for weather. March is a great month and should be fantastic. January will probably be cold, but routes in the sun with no wind should be fine.

May/june, probably good in the shade and hot in the sun. Right on the edge of it being desperately hot. August, hot and shade climbing in the AM or Eve would be mandatory.


Monthly Avg Temps / Lone Pine
Monthly Avg Temps / Lone Pine

By Tommy Sant
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 13, 2013

It looks like one of the more recent guide books is titled:
Bishop Area Rock Climbs: The Climbing Guide to the Eastern Sierra—South by Peter Croft & Marty Lewis