Elevation: 4,400 ft
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Description

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 300+ 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

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alabama Hills

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 326
Shark's Fin Arete
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 156
Rotten Bananas
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 96
Leonosphere
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 91
Spur
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 71
Muffy
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 165
Bananarama
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Coral Sea Adventure
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 118
Ankles Away
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 74
Mon Cherie
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 59
Pangborn
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 68
Hang 'em High
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 113
Pirates on Horseback
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 78
Tall T
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 74
High Plains Drifter
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 57
Blockade Runner
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Shark's Fin Arete Alabama Hills N… > Shark's Fin
 326
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Rotten Bananas Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 156
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Leonosphere Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Hoodgie Wall
 96
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Spur Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 91
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Muffy Alabama Hills S… > Arizona Dome
 71
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Bananarama Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 165
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Coral Sea Adventure Alabama Hills N… > Shark's Fin
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Ankles Away Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Hoodgie Wall
 118
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mon Cherie Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Truffle Tower
 74
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pangborn Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Loaf
 59
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Hang 'em High Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Western Wall
 68
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pirates on Horseback Alabama Hills N… > Shark's Fin
 113
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tall T Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Tall Wall
 78
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
High Plains Drifter Alabama Hills N… > Western Wall Area > Western Wall
 74
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
Blockade Runner Alabama Hills S… > Alabama Dome
 57
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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