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Lone Pine, California, United States

Movie Road/Alabama Hills

Very easy route through one of the most unique and beautiful places in California

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 25 miles / 40 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: Spend an hour or all day exploring rock formations so unique they’ve been used in famous movie sets for over 70 years. Enjoy breathtaking scenery enroute to a hiking trailhead that goes to the top of 14,495-ft. Mount Whitney (hiking permit required). Only main roads are described here; for maximum fun, you’ll want to explore dozens of side roads to movie sites in the Movie Flat Area. For detailed directions, pick up a free copy of the Movie Road Alabama Hills Driving Tour available at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center south of Lone Pine. For a complete movie history, we highly recommend Dave Holland’s pictoral guide, On Location in Lone Pine. To see Alabama Hills Arch, get directions at visitor center for one-hour, round-trip hike. Inyo National Forest. Call the visitor center at (760) 876-6222.


Easy. Main roads are well graded. Spaghetti-like network of side roads is compacted sand, narrow in places and suitable for cars when dry.

This trail is one of 100 trails from the book, Guide to California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, by Charles Wells & Matt Peterson, and is available at

Tips: You have to hike to see the Alabama Hills Arch. From Highway 395, drive west 5.3 miles on paved Whitney Portal Road to hiking trailhead on right. Follow a dry wash north about a mile or so. We found the arch at GPS coordinate N36º 36’ 32.4” W 118º 09’ 37.2.” It’s hard to find without a GPS location.

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Start Here

From paved Whitney Portal Road, turn right on Movie Road. You enter an area called Movie Flat. Lots of side roads to explore. Spectacular scenery famous for being used in old western movies including Gene Autry Rock and the Lone Ranger Ambush Site. For detailed directions, pick up a free copy of the Movie Road Alabama Hills Driving Tour available at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center south of Lone Pine.

Early Exit Point

You can exit here to the right on Moffat Ranch Road to get back to Highway 395. Left takes you back to Whitney Portal Road.

Whitney Portal Road

You return to paved Whitney Portal Road. Left returns to start. We recommend you turn right and climb towards Mt. Whitney. There's a beautiful area with parking, restroom, and waterfall and the entrance to famous Mount Whitney hiking trail. This trail is so popular that a permit is required to hike on the trail.

4 Waterfall, Mount Whitney Hiking Trailhead

One of several parking areas featuring waterfall, picnic area, toilet and Mount Whitney Hiking Trailhead.
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