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Alabama Hills Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 36.59552, -118.1086 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006  with updates from Benjamin Chapman
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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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise. Photo by Blit...
Alabama Hills, near Paul's Paradise.
Photo by Blitzo.

Climbing Season



Weather station 14.9 miles from here

307 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',148],['1 Star',49],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',35],['5.7',48],['5.8',37],['5.9',63],['5.10',105],['5.11',14],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Alabama Hills

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alabama Hills:
Shark's Fin Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Shark's Fin
Center Dinosaur Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Cattle Pocket and Corridors... : Dinosaur Cracks
Rotten Bananas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Western Wall Area : The Tall Wall
Peanut Butter & Chocolate   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 175'   Monument Slot (aka Gunga Di... : The Chocolate Block (aka Ro...
Drillers Moon   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 40'   South Park
Bananarama   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Western Wall Area : The Tall Wall
Ranger Ron   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 150'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
Pangborn   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 140'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
Chocolate Pocket   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   Monument Slot (aka Gunga Di... : The Chocolate Block (aka Ro...
Alabama Hills Gang   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   Western Wall Area : The Loaf
Hang 'em High   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Western Wall Area : The Western Wall
Run to the Hills   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Monument Slot (aka Gunga Di... : Run to the Hills Pillar
High Plains Drifter   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Western Wall Area : The Western Wall
Black Sheep   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Western Wall Area : The Deli
Blockade Runner   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Alabama Dome
Chocolate Monkey   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Monument Slot (aka Gunga Di... : The Chocolate Block (aka Ro...
Dihedral Dance   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Alabama Dome
King of Swing   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Western Wall Area : The Huka Lounge (Jazz Wall)
Dinah-Moe Hummm   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Western Wall Area : The Biscuit
White trash    5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Paul's Paradise : Hillbilly Pillar
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Featured Route For Alabama Hills
Rock Climbing Photo: Stephen past the face, approaching the bulge...

High Plains Drifter 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : The Western Wall
Climb the left side of the wall starting in the left seam and heading up over the bulge to the anchors. Pretty run out between the second and third bolts. Good rock for the A-Hills......[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fu...
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Thanksgiving morning 2014
Thanksgiving morning 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: F.A. " world painted blood" 5.11***
F.A. " world painted blood" 5.11***
Rock Climbing Photo: F.A. " Sunken Treasure " 5.10d
F.A. " Sunken Treasure " 5.10d
Rock Climbing Photo: F.A."Diamonds & rust" 5.10d****
F.A."Diamonds & rust" 5.10d****
Rock Climbing Photo: The Arch. Photo by Blitzo.
The Arch. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Woody Stark on the Tall Wall
Woody Stark on the Tall Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Red sky-Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Red sky-Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice place.
Nice place.
Rock Climbing Photo: Darren F.A. "Bloodstone" 5.11***
Darren F.A. "Bloodstone" 5.11***
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike F.A. "Shaved bush"  5.10d ⭐️⭐...
Mike F.A. "Shaved bush" 5.10d ⭐️⭐...
Rock Climbing Photo: FA. The Blackening 5.10c/d
FA. The Blackening 5.10c/d
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st crux The Blackening
1st crux The Blackening
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the 2nd crux of The Blackening Photo: Mik...
Starting the 2nd crux of The Blackening Photo: Mik...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike on"Screaming for vengeance" 5.10c**...
Mike on"Screaming for vengeance" 5.10c**...
Rock Climbing Photo: Towers-Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Towers-Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beware of sidewinders! Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of sidewinders! Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering, Alabama hills
Bouldering, Alabama hills
Rock Climbing Photo: Alabama hills, "World Painted Blood" 511...
Alabama hills, "World Painted Blood" 511...
Rock Climbing Photo: Darren F.A. "Bloodstone" 5.11***
Darren F.A. "Bloodstone" 5.11***
Rock Climbing Photo: Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Alabama Hills. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Amy Jo  Ness bouldering at Alabama Hills. Photo by...
Amy Jo Ness bouldering at Alabama Hills. Photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: F.A. 5.8+ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
F.A. 5.8+ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rock Climbing Photo: After El Niño the hills are alive with wild flowe...
After El Niño the hills are alive with wild flowe...

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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.


Rock Climbing Photo: 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
By Leatherlungs
Oct 19, 2014
Is the Croft/Lewis book the best for this area? 08 is the latest edition?
Thanks!
By live_it
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Oct 20, 2014
As far as I know, the 2008 book is the most recent.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Oct 21, 2014
"Is the Croft/Lewis book the best for this area? 08 is the latest edition? "

Yup & Yup. Get it while you can.......... maximuspress.com/shop/proddeta...