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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
ALABAMA HILLS RECREATION AREA
MOUNT WHITNEY
LATITUDE: N 3636.121
LONGITUDE: W 11804.615
(GPS from sign on Whitney Portal Road)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills
Alabama Hills

Extreme landscapes is a good description.

Tuttle Creek Road
Tuttle Creek Road

Sierra Nevada Mountains
Sierra Nevada Mountains

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road

Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
Photos, information, and directions about the Arches of Alabama Hills. There are 100's of natural arches.

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road towards Lone Pine, CA

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road

Incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, including Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road towards Lone Pine, CA
Alabama Hills in the Valley

Movie Flat Road
Movie Flat Road
North entrance of Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Alabama Hills were named in the 1860's during the Civil War by Southern sympathizers in honor of the Confederate warship CSS Alabama. The Alabama Hills Recreation Area was dedicated in 1969 by Bureau of Land Management and encompasses almost 30,000 acres.

Views from Information Area
View from Information Area
Whitney Portal Road near Lone Pine, CA

Alabama Hills Recreation Area
Sign at Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Movie Flat Road
Movie Flat Road

Movie Flat Road
Movie Flat Road

Movie Flat Road
Spur road past the Heart Arch

Roads wind through the rock formations. Vehicles must stay on established roads.

Balanced Rock
Balanced rocks are common...

Besides natural arches and windows, there are several balanced rocks.

The Three Brothers
Balanced Rocks
There are pictographs on and around the Three Balanced Rocks. See images below.

Petroglyph from Alabama Hills
Pictographs from Alabama Hills
Same rock as the Three Balanced Boulders
44"x 25"
LATITUDE: N 3636.361
LONGITUDE: W 11807.064

There are some pictographs in the Alabama Hills, but they are not your average Indian drawings.

Petroglyphs
There are lots of pictographs on these rocks
Northwest from the Three Balanced Rocks

MOVIES FILMED IN ALABAMA HILLS
Over 300 films and numerous commercials have been shot on location in the Alabama Hills and Lone Pine area. On this day, they were filming "Iron Man". Movie Road was closed to the public. (April 4, 2007)

MOVIE LOCATIONS IN ALABAMA HILLS
Locations of movies filmed in the Alabama Hills. Locations have been matched with images from the movie. Directions to help find the locations. Included are GPS coordinates and satellite photos.

Gunga Din Historic Plaque
"Gunga Din" Filmed Here
Point of Historical Interest
Located on Horseshoe Meadow Road In 1938, this hill area, among many others in the Alabama Hills, served as a stand-in for the hill country of Northern India when RKO made the classic adventure film, 'Gunga Din'. Directed by George Stevens, the epic starred Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Victor McLaglen and Joan Fontaine with Sam Jaffe as Gunga Din, the waterboy who wanted so much to be a soldier.

Gunga Din
"Gunga Din" Point of Historical Interest

Gunga Din
"Gunga Din" Point of Historical Interest

Continue past the historic plaque for "Gunga Din" and there is a great camp area hidden in the rocks.

Camps in the rock formations
Camps in the rock formations. This camp
is .7 mile on Movie Road and turn right.
Work your way down into the left side of
the rock formations. The road is narrow
through the canyons of rock.
LATITUDE: N 3636.243
LONGITUDE: W 11807.105

Road through rock formations
Road through rock formations
(Photo from above camp)

Primitive Firering
Primitive Firering

Primitive Firering
Firering with Wood
LATITUDE: N 3636.414
LONGITUDE: W 11807.839

These camps are 1 1/4 mile north on Movie Road. Turn left towards the base of the hill. Every road this direction leads to a campsite.

Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney 14,497'

Lone Pine Peak
Lone Pine Peak 12,994'

MOUNTAIN PEAKS

Lone Pine Peak
Mt Langley
Mt Russell
Mt Whitney
Thor Peak

12,994'
14,042'
14,086'
14,497'
12,300'


Hawk at Alabama Hills

PHOTO HERE
A hawk chasing down a raven, but it goes both ways, sometimes the ravens are attacking the hawks.

Graffitti artist at work
Graffiti artist at work

Old Cans
Old cans...

There's not much litter, mostly you find old cans and such. Found some coins from the 1960's and what appeared to be hardware from an old wagon.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT. You need a CALIFORNIA FIRE PERMIT. Fire permits available for free at the Ranger Station. Shovel, axe and water required when dispersed camping. Leather gloves and fire extinguisher recommended.

Rattlesnake at Alabama Hills
Rattlesnake at Alabama Hills

RATTLESNAKE FACTS

Hippie Caves
Hippie Caves
LATITUDE: N 3635.110
LONGITUDE: W 11805.398

These are a couple caves / mines that have been turned into living quarters. Lots of garbage and junk around. Access from Tuttle Creek Road.

Old Mine on Tuttle Creek Road
Old Mine on Tuttle Creek Road
About the size of a small cabin.
LATITUDE: N 3635.045
LONGITUDE: W 11804.848

PHOTO HERE
Underground Miner Houses???
According to the tourist magazine, these are houses built by miners, but we suspect they are actually dynamite and explosive bunkers.
LATITUDE: N 3635.292'
LONGITUDE: W 11804.728

PHOTO HERE
Indian Cemetery... no actual photos for
respect of the Indian Spirits that are here.
LATITUDE: N 3635.292'
LONGITUDE: W 11804.728

Mass Grave of 1872 Earthquake Victims
Mass Grave of 1872 Earthquake Victims
HWY.395 north of Lone Pine, CA
LATITUDE: N 3637.104
LONGITUDE: W 11804.129
About 1/4 mile north of Lone Pine you will see the historic marker. Park and walk about 10' up the embankment and you will see the grave site.

ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUNDS:
These are campgrounds that charge fees.

Horseshoe Meadow / Cottonwood Pass
Horseshoe Meadow / Cottonwood Pass

COTTONWOOD PASS WALK-IN C.G.
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Fee area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets,
garbage service, water(In season), and bear
proof storage lockers

COTTONWOOD LAKES WALK-IN C.G.
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Fee area part of Horseshoe Meadow

Diaz Lake Campground
Diaz Lake Campground

DIAZ LAKE RECREATION AREA
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Free Day Use Area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets,
garbage service, and drinking water.

HORSESHOE MEADOW EQUESTRIAN C.G.
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Fee area

Road to Lone Pine Campground
Road towards Lone Pine Campground

LONE PINE CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Free during winter months
14 Day Limit
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets,
and garbage service. Bear proof food lockers.
From Lone Pine take Whitney Portal Road...

Oak Creek Campground
Oak Creek Campground

OAK CREEK CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N xxxx.xxx
LONGITUDE: W xxxx.xxx
Free during winter months
14 Day Limit
Picnic tables, metal firerings, vaulted toilets
About 1 1/2 mile north of Independence
Turn towards Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery

Portagee Joe Campground
Portagee Joe Campground

PORTAGE JOE CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N 3636.001
LONGITUDE: W 11804.295
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Free Day Use Area
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills,
vaulted toilets, garbage, and drinking water.
Next to a power substation and high voltage
powerlines.

Taboose Campground
Taboose Campground

TABOOSE CAMPGROUND
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills, vaulted toilets, garbage, and drinking water. High voltage powerlines through the camp
TINEMAHA CAMPGROUND
Inyo County Campground
$10 Overnight Camping
Picnic tables, metal firerings, BBQ grills, vaulted toilets, garbage, and drinking water. Surrounded by lava flows. High voltage powerlines through the camp
TUTTLE CREEK CAMPGROUND
BLM Campground on Tuttle Creek.
Last year they implemented a $5 fee
(Before it was a donation system)
Closed in winter
WHITNEY PORTAL GROUP CAMP
There are some walk-in Campsites...

Also see: INYO NATIONAL FOREST
More information about campgrounds in the Inyo National Forest and surrounding area.

DIRECTIONS:
From Lone Pine, CA / Hwy.395
(At the only stop light in town)
Turn west on Whitney Portal Road
2 1/2 mile turn right on Movie Flat Road
(More camp areas towards Horseshoe Meadows)

Whitney Portal Road
Whitney Portal Road

Lone Pine 2007
Lone Pine 2007

ROAD CONDITIONS
Whitney Portal Road is paved.
Dirt roads throughout Alabama Hills.
Mostly maintained with washboards.
RV's should stay on main roads. Snow not plowed in winter, but it doesn't snow that much and usually melts in a couple days.

WEATHER:
Lone Pine
Whitney Summit

Summer temperatures can easily reach 100F with limited shade spots. The mornings are perfect, but by lunch time you just want to find a good place to hide.

PHOTO HERE
Wind blowing on the Mountain Peaks
Down on the valley floor was like a perfect
day, just a light breeze was the only evidence
of the mountain storms.

The wind on the mountain peaks was reported to be 120 miles per hour. Feb. 26, 2007

NOISE LEVEL:
About the only noises are from the birds and occasional military planes... and then the exceptions, like some movie production doing explosions.

Flowers at Alabama Hills
Scarlet Locoweed
Alabama Hills Recreation Area
March 10, 2007

FLOWERS OF THE ALABAMA HILLS
A photo collection of wildflowers
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

LINKS:
http://www.lonepinechamber.org/
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
Includes a map of film locations...
http://www.owensvalleyhistory.com
Owens Valley History...

Lone Pine California
Lone Pine, CA

Lone Pine California
Lone Pine, CA

MILEAGE CHART:
Mileage from Lone Pine, CA
Big Pine 40 miles
Bishop 54 miles
Reno, Nevada xx miles
Los Angeles, CA xx miles
Death Valley Museum 105 miles
Death Valley Junction 133 miles
Death Valley National Park is about 50 miles.

Drinking water at Diaz Lake or Portagee Joe C.G. Most established campgrounds and recreation areas have good drinking water.

Showers at Rock Creek RV Park
(About 3 miles south of Lone Pine)
Cost: $5.00

Showers at Diaz Lake??? There are solar showers, but in bad shape and were closed in 2007???

Showers located in Big Pine, CA.
Buy token at the Mobile Gas Station.
Cost $3.50 for 10 minutes.

Showers at Furnace Creek, Death Valley

Wireless Internet connections at several locations in Bishop or Mommoth.

Best Grocery Store in Bishop, CA is Manor Market on Hwy.168 west of town. (At the Shell Gas Station) Much cheaper and fresher produce than the major food chains...

Old house in Keeler California
Old house in Keeler, CA

KEELER, CALIFORNIA
LATITUDE: N 3629.309
LONGITUDE: W 11752.403
Photos from Keeler, CA
Located on Hwy.136
13 miles east from Lone Pine, CA
What a bizarre town... a complete subculture.
Included under the listing for Ghost Towns.

Underground House in Darwin
Underground House in Darwin, CA

DARWIN, CALIFORNIA
Darwin is located a couple miles south of Hwy.190 (Just west of Death Valley National Park). It could be listed as a Ghost Town, but people live here. There are sections of interesting old company houses...

Manzanar National Historic Site
Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site
Manzanar National Historic Site

MANZANAR NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
(9 miles north of Lone Pine, CA)
Manzanar was a Japanese Relocation Center during World War II. It is one square mile and was enclosed with barb wire. It housed over 11,000 internees between March 1942 and November 1945.
www.nps.gov/manz
N 3643.553
W 11808.719
Elevation 3853'

Manzanar Airport
Manzanar Airport
Old and overgrown with weeds

Zurich Station
Zurich Station
LATITUDE: N 3711.023
LONGITUDE: W 11815.708
Elevation: 3912'
Hwy.168 about 2 miles east of Big Pine, CA
Established 1884 as a freight and passenger station on the Carson & Colorado Railway, know locally as "The Slim Princess", the station fell into disuse during the 1940's and was abandoned when the Railway ceased operation in 1960.

Zurich Station
Zurich Station

Owens Valley Array
Owens Valley Array
(East from Big Pine, CA)

Owens Valley Array
Owens Valley Array
(East from Big Pine, CA)

Bristlecone Pines
Bristlecone Pine trees are the oldest known
living things on earth at over 5000 years.

Sierra Vista Viewpoint
Sierra Vista Overlook on White Mountain Road
towards the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Take Hwy.395 north to Big Pine, CA
One of our favorites with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Elevations above 10,000 feet.

Space building in Cartago
Space building in Cartago, CA
LATITUDE: N 3619.146
LONGITUDE: W 11801.608

Old Buildings on Highway 395
Olancha, CA
There are several old and abandoned buildings.
Hwy.395 at Junction of Hwy.190

Olancha Store
Olancha Store

Old Buildings on Highway 395
Olancha, CA
This building is about 2 miles south

Buildings near Coso Junction
Buildings near Coso Junction
LATITUDE: N 36.05.278
LONGITUDE: W 117.57.599
(GPS opposite side of highway 395)

Buildings near Coso Junction
Buildings 36 miles south from Lone Pine.
3 miles north of Coso Rest Area on Hwy.395

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
LATITUDE: N 36.24.910
LONGITUDE: W 118.00.717

COTTONWOOD CHARCOAL KILNS
Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns. From Lone Pine take Hwy.395 south about 11.5 miles. There is a small road marker. The charcoal kilns are to the east about 1/4 mile.

Elk on Highway 395
Elk at Wildlife Viewing Area on Hwy.395
Between Big Pine and Independence, CA

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
Photos, information, and directions about the Arches of Alabama Hills.

ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUNDS:
INYO NATIONAL FOREST
See:
Inyo National Forest Information
Includes photos and descriptions.

From the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt.Whitney at 14,496' to the lowest place, Badwater, at nearly 282' below sea level, extreme landscapes abound, every road and turn produces something new...

Bad Water Basin in Death Valley National Park
Badwater Basin
282 Feet Below Sea Level
Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Photos and information about Death Valley.
Includes free Campground Directory.

Also see: BAKER CREEK
Also see:
BIG SPRINGS
Also see:
BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
Also see:
BUTTERMILK COUNTRY
Also see:
CHIMNEY PEAK
Also see:
COTTONWOOD CANYON
Also see:
CROWLEY LAKE
Also see:
DEADMAN C.G
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / SALINE
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY / WILDROSE
Also see:
GLASS CREEK
Also see:
GOVERNMENT WASH
Also see:
HARTLEY SPRINGS
Also see:
JAWBONE ROAD
Also see:
KEYESVILLE ROAD
Also see:
KIRCH FLAT
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
PINE CREEK
Also see:
PV PIT CAMPGROUND
Also see:
SALT SPRINGS RESERVOIR
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

Bristlecone Pines
Bristlecone Pines

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Natural Walls
Natural Walls

Slime on Stream near Movie Road
Slime on Stream near Movie Road

Stream near Movie Road
Stream near Movie Road

Stream Bed
Creek Bed

Beavertail Cactus
Beavertail Cactus at Alabama Hills Recreation Area

Cactus
Cactus...

Insects and Bugs
Insects and Bugs

Insect and Bugs
Insect and Bugs

Dust Devils
Dust Devils north of Alabama Hills

Face Painted on Rock
Face Rock on Whitney Portal Road
About 2 miles west of Lone Pine, CA
N 3635.794
W 11805.911

Aggressive little snake
California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
Aggressive little snake. He assumed an attack
position and his tail switched back and fourth
like a rattlesnake without the noise.

Indian Mortars and Dynamite Holes
LATITUDE: N 3636.177
LONGITUDE: W 11804.470
Grinding Rock with Dynamite Holes
Near the Information Kiosk on Whitney Portal Road.

INDIAN GRINDING STONES AND MORTARS
You can find several Indian Mortars in the Alabama Hills and surrounding area.

Cattle Graveyard
Cattle Graveyard
What a horrible sight to see...
There is a calf hanging out through the rib cage
and the hay from the stomach spilled out on the
ground.

CATTLE GRAVEYARD
LATITUDE: N 3635.210
LONGITUDE: W 11804.162
This is not an official Tourist Attraction.

Asbestos Dump
Asbestos dumped in Alabama Hills...

Don't know where to dump your asbestos?
Don't want to pay the high disposal fees?
Then dump your asbestos in the Alabama Hills.

Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain

SALVATION MOUNTAIN
Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain
Take Hwy.111 south to Niland, CA

Chemtrails February 2007
Funny Clouds over Alabama Hills.
Weather forecast was for sunny and clear skies.

Camped here Feb.20, 2007
Camped here April 28, 2008
Camped here January xx, 2009
Camped here March 15, 2009

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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUNDS
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
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