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Elevation: 4,400 ft
GPS: 36.59552, -118.1086
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Description Suggest change

The Eastern Sierra truly is a delightful place for crag climbing. The one hundred-thirty mile stretch of Highway 395 south of Lee Vining to Lone Pine offers an impressive diversity of climbing opportunities. One such destination is the Alabama Hills, which lies west of Highway 395, below the spectacular snow capped High Sierra and Mt. Whitney, near the town of Lone Pine, CA.

The Alabama Hills are a vast expanse of coarse orange and brown high desert granite or quartz monzonite towers and outcrops reminiscent of those in Joshua Tree to the south. Rock quality ranges from quality brown patina, on north facing walls to chossy. The Alabama Hills has been described as the ultimate lazy man's crag with routes found just feet from the car to ten minute scrambles. There is a great deal of rock in the area and 500+ routes have been documented, the majority being bolted sport climbs.

Due to its easy access, incredibly beautiful setting, and historical significance, Alabama Hills has been utilized by a variety of user groups. Alabama Hills has a long history of use by the movie and television industry dating back to the 1920's. Please be respectful and stay clear of these groups and their equipment, as it is beneficial to the economy of the town of Lone Pine.

In the 1860's the town of Lone Pine, CA was primarily Southern (as in the Confederacy) in their sympathies regarding the Civil War, while the town of Independence, CA on the other hand (15 miles to the north), being US Army Fort Independence, was primarily Northern (Union) in their allegiance. The residents of Lone Pine named the Alabama Hills to commemorate the Confederate iron-clad warship CSS Alabama, which was wreaking havoc on the Union fleet. To counter, the residents of Independence later named a local gold mine, Kearsarge, to commemorate the Union warship USS Kearsarge, that sank the CSS Alabama.

Getting There Suggest change

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

527 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alabama Hills

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 396
Shark's Fin Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 185
Rotten Bananas (aka Wadcutter)
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 64
Center Dinosaur Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 202
Bananarama
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 70
Pangborn
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 51
Chocolate Pocket
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 58
Alabama Hills Gang
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 88
Hang 'em High
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 91
High Plains Drifter
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 38
[Redacted]
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 73
Blockade Runner
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 65
Dihedral Dance
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
King of Swing
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 11
Over the Rainbow
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Diamondblade
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shark's Fin Arete Alabama Hills N… > Shark's Fin
 396
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Rotten Bananas (aka Wadcutter) Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 185
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Center Dinosaur Crack Alabama Hills N… > Cattle Pocket &… > Dinosaur Cracks
 64
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Bananarama Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 202
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pangborn Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Loaf
 70
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Chocolate Pocket Alabama Hills S… > Monument Slot (… > Chocolate Block (aka…
 51
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Alabama Hills Gang Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Loaf
 58
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hang 'em High Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Western Wall
 88
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
High Plains Drifter Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Western Wall
 91
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
[Redacted] Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Hangin' Tree
 38
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Blockade Runner Alabama Hills S… > Alabama Dome
 73
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dihedral Dance Alabama Hills S… > Alabama Dome
 65
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
King of Swing Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Huka Lounge (Jazz Wall)
 7
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Over the Rainbow Alabama Hills N… > … > Oz Rock > Oz Rock - E Face
 11
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Diamondblade Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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