Alabama Hills - Movie Flat (Area)

4.6/5 (11 reviews)
Lone Pine, California (Inyo County)
Last Updated: 01/13/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Just outside Lone Pine, California, Alabama Hills - Movie Flat is a place where ancient, jagged rock formations enclose on the easy going, winding, off-road trails, and the snow covered Mount Whitney, in the eastern Sierra Nevadas, towers above you to the west. Alabama Hills is a unique California destination and a popular movie and television shoot location. Among the rock croppings of the Alabama Hills you will find some great camping, hiking and plenty of opportunities to explore the maze of trails throughout this incredible place.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The Alabama Hills - Movie Flat area trails are easy dirt and sand roads. The few challenging sections include tight rock alleyways, moderately steep but short, dirt/sand hills, some tight turns, and a few small, smooth rocks to drive over. This guide covers only a portion of what this area has to offer. Alabama Hills includes many more unique features and unnamed, unmarked off-road trails. This guide only provides an overview of the area east of Movie Road. Most of the off-road trails in Alabama Hills will end at a highpoint, a large loop (most with room for camping), or a hiking trail.

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (11 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy Trail With Amazing Views you just can’t BEAT! 5/5 if you need a place to camp and enjoy a relaxing day.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/16/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I'd rate this trail slightly harder than the 1-2. There were a number of areas with medium size rocks in the middle of the trail that had to be articulated with a bit of thought. There were a few up and down small valleys that I wasn't sure a stock vehicle (and it's stock front bumper) would have cleared. There were some areas with some moderate off-camber going over rocks. There were also a few areas that were pretty dang tight side-to-side (not counting the Squeeze). That being said, it's pretty fun and easy for a lifted vehicle. The camping options are numerous but even mid-week in November, it was fairly full with RVs. I went to the high-ground camp (which, with its final obstacle, probably excludes a lot of low-clearance vehicles) and it was nice, though crazy windy at night. Lots of evidence of previous use (if you know what I mean...yuck). I was glad I arrived early as there were quite a few other rigs that swung by looking for campsites. Make sure you check the Alabama Hills BLM website before going to camp as currently (Nov 2021) it looks like they are going to start requiring a permit to camp and will also be limiting the number of places that you are allowed to camp in the near future.
G. Martin
Official Crew
62500
Status: Open
Visited: 03/31/2021

Made a quick run through here on my way home.
Trail Review: Alabama Hills - Movie Flat (Area) - G. Martin
Status: Open
Visited: 11/15/2020

Hit the road from LA all the way up to Alabama Hills purely as a Sunday drive. Didn't do much and didn't camp, but gosh what an excellent getaway after being cooped in the house so much due to the pandemic.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/13/2020

The area is very beautiful and unique. The trail itself was easy but keep an eye out for rocks/boulders. Also keep an eye out for campers on the trail - many points dead end and campers find their way into the cracks and crevices. We camped at high ground camp and there was nightmarish winds from about 9pm until 3am. The group was getting blasted with sands, privacy tents and other goods flew off without a trace into the night. Roof top tents were lifting off the ground about 6 inches and slamming back down. Will not be returning for camping there due to the winds but day trips are still on the table.

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