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.
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. Photo by Blitzo.
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
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.