Even if you have never been to the Alabama Hills, they are more than likely very familiar to you. They have been a popular filming location for movies and TV productions since the 1920s. They were extensively used in the 1940s and 1950s in Westerns featuring such icons as Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and the Lone Ranger. There were also such classic TV series such as Bonanza, and Gunsmoke filmed there. If you are too young to remember these, more recent filming has included the Gladiator, Star Trek Generations, and even Iron Man.
A hike or drive through the Alabama Hills, it is easy to see why they have been a favorite Hollywood filming location. The hills are in themselves fascinating and a bit otherworldly.
Yet, they lie at the foot of Mount Whitney and the surrounding peaks of this magnificent section of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which makes the whole setting… well, like it was taken right out of the movies.
More photos here.
The views of Mount Whitney from the Alabama Hills and the drive up Whitney Portal Road are spectacular. The drive takes you to Whitney Portal and the start of the Whitney Trail.
No, I didn’t climb Mount Whitney which at 14,505 is the highest peak in the lower 48. But if you are so inclined, know that you need a permit to hike the near 22 mile round trip from the portal to the summit and back.
Living in Colorado and having hiked around and climbed several 14ers along with spending the last two summers in Glacier National Park we are used to seeing spectacular mountains. Whitney is special… nuf said.