Alabama Hills Scenic Area

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 March 2019


Alabama Hills Scenic Area

Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills are a strange & beautiful place, by enicholas, pixabay.
Alabama Hills are a strange & beautiful place to end long backpacking trips,
photo by enicholas, pixabay.


Alabama Hills Scenic Area Designation a presidential signature away from reality,
Sierra Wave, Feburary 28, 2019.


Alabama Hills Stewardship Group
“The process started in 2008 and, though long, could serve as a textbook case of how to bring divergent groups together. For the first two years, the Stewardship Group sought the input of 30 stakeholders and 40 user groups, from OHV enthusiasts to hikers. “In the end, the consensus was to protect the area and people’s access.”

Alabama Hills Scenic Area
"The designation allows for all existing uses with the exception of commercial mining. The benefits for the 18,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land west of Lone Pine will be worth the 10 years it took to get the designation in place."

Piute Restoration
"The process also led to the transfer of historic tribal lands from BLM back to the Lone Pine Paiute Tribe, with the help of the local Los Angeles Department of Water and Power."

Current Status
"Ten pages of the Alabama Hills legislation made it into the 600-page public lands bill and now only the President’s signature is needed to make it a reality."


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Alabama Hills Stewardship Group


Dropping down the last miles off the East Flank of Mount Whitney we get glimpses of the West end of the Alabama Hills.
Alabama Hills greet us after finishing our hike from Tahoe to Whitney.


Alabama Hills


Alabama Hills on the Tahoe to Whitney Trails

Marking the End of the Trails

I've visited the Alabama Hills four times. Well, I've exited the Whitney Portal four times (I had to self-rescue out of Roads End to end my 5th TW hike...), and found the unique High Desert terrain of the Hills a unique introduction into the peculariaties of the Owens Vally, after spending the past 40 days hiking South from Tahoe.

Owens Valley contains a lot of hidden treasures, and leads to a whole lot more. The Alabama Hills are the first one that long distance backpackers see exiting the Whitney Portal.

Each time, the Alabama Hills matched the uniquenss of the High Sierra with the clear validity of its own unique nitch in geological history, marking out the bottom bookend of this exceptionally matched set of geological features, with the other end of this, "set," located atop Mount Whitney, with a lot of geological time, human history, fine terrain, and a couple of vertical miles, stacked in-between. Sweet.



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