“My most memorable hikes can be classified as shortcuts that backfired.” – Edward Abbey
I always have this compulsion to throw myself into the unknown when it comes to exploring new places. I’ve heard about Alabama Hills and knew it was one trip I had to take before 2017 ended. So yeah, this is a late post.
Call me naively optimistic but I find the rugged beauty so deeply inspiring, refreshing and good for the soul. Alabama Hills, located in Lone Pine, Ca, is the perfect place to attract outdoor adventurers of all kinds. You’ll find lots of hills and different rock formations all throughout the area. There are no entrance fees and you can camp for free for 14 days (you do need to get Campfire Permit which is required for open fires, such as campfires, barbecues and portable stoves).
The main road to get to Alabama Hills is paved. However, to get to the famous Mobius Arch you’ll drive by a dirt road. Don’t worry no 4 wheel drive required here unless you want to go exploring all over the place.
I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me a while to find Mobius Arch. I got lost somewhere along the way and ended up in a different place so I had to go back and find my way again. The easiest way to find both the Lathe Arch and the Mobius Arch is to start on the left side of the hiking path when you reach the parking lot. From there you’ll see both Arches right away. Yes, it was that easy.
It’s definitely not as grand as Arches National Park but there is a certain charm. Alabama Hills is also a famous Hollywood Filming Location. Some of the movies filmed were Tremors, Gladiator, Bonanza, and parts of Star Trek Generations.
On the way back to Los Angeles, I had to stop by at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Cantil, CA. I only had a few hours to spare and I took the Hagen Nature Trail which was fairly easy. Considering the hike was a wide open space it would be pretty foolish of me to get lost in this one.
Like any besotted traveler, it made me wonder how it was formed. Apparently, the entire area used to be under water. Can you believe this was all the bottom of a lake millions of years ago? Wind and water erosion of these layers created the formations throughout Red Rock – This information was provided by the park. Pretty amazing huh?
Bel’s Tips for this trip:
1. Before going on a hike, make sure to research about the place and to let someone know where you’ll be hiking.
2. Try not to be a hero. Don’t go alone. (I know I’m guilty of doing this but don’t follow in my footsteps)
3. Always bring water. Weather may vary from extremely cold to extremely hot be sure to dress appropriately.
4. Wear good hiking shoes. It’s important.
5. Print out a map of the area or get it from the Visitor Center. Make sure your phone is fully charged but don’t completely rely on it. Bring a compass if you have one.
6. Bring a swiss knife. You never know when you might need it.
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