Alabama Hills - Movie Flat (Area)

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4.7/5 (14 reviews)
Lone Pine, California (Inyo County)
Last Updated: 03/18/2023
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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.

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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.

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4.7/5 (14)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Great scenic trail. 1st part of my video is on Alabama Hills and the rest is on Reward Mine & the hotsprings of the area. Only reason I gave it a harder rating was due to the hurricane that came through and rutted everything out. Which is good since it made certain camping spots harder to get to for the non-offroader.
Trail Review: Alabama Hills - Movie Flat (Area) - Matstock4
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Very fun exploring the area. Some trails were washed out a little which made it fun. Was able to get the Super Duty to flex a little. But some areas looked to be a little tight for a full size truck.
Trail Review: Alabama Hills - Movie Flat (Area) - Joe
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Visited: 03/18/2023

There might be a lot of confusion lately with the San Bernardino National Forest order ( No. 05-12-00-23-03 ) closing almost all forest trails in southern California. This trail is still 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.
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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.

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