In June, 2012 my family took a family vacation to the Eastern Sierra area. This was the site of many past family vacations throughout my life and I am fortunate enough to travel in this area with my entire family again. For this trip, I am thrilled to bring my wife and son. Although Heather visited this area a few times before, she and I had never been here together and I was really looking forward to sharing my memories of the area with her and Ryan.
After a quick drive from Las Vegas to Lone Pine via Death Valley, we met my folks and brother and sister-in-law in Lone Pine, California. We took a few side trips including a drive up to Whitney Portal and the Alabama Hills. The next day of the trip north on the 395 highway found us in Lee Vining, CA and prepared ourselves for Bodie, CA.
Located near Lone Pine, CA the Alabama Hills are an awesome spot to visit and explore. Large boulder formations erupt from the ground and create a maze of canyons, trails and roads. This feature in itself, is more than enough fun to justify a trip to this area, however add to the equation that the Alabama Hills has appeared in more Hollywood movies than one person can name and you have the perfect combination of terrain and nostalgic history. The Alabama Hills are featured in many “Western” movies and is the birth place of the Lone Ranger and Iron Man.
A final punctuation mark is the Alabama hills are located in the foothills of Mount Whitney (14,505 ft), the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states.