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blue Alabama Hills Loop

  3.7 ( 15 ) Favorite


14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer loop
40% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,906' 581 m
Descent: -1,912' -583 m
High: 5,596' 1,706 m
Low: 3,806' 1,160 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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A fun loop with great scenery and singletrack descents. Most of the initial climb could be shuttled.

Rick Ianniello

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A loop with some fun singletrack descents through the Alabama Hills. The whole area is quite sandy, which is why the climb heads up the paved Whitney Portal Road, which you could choose to shuttle. Alternatively, people with fatbikes may enjoy climbing up off the pavement.

But the loop described should be enjoyable by all sorts of mountain bikes, with some fast, fun singletrack, cool rocks, and some exciting technical bits.


Just under five miles out of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Rd, and at 5200 feet of elevation, turn off to the right to find the Upper Alabama Hills Trail singletrack that heads up above the Alabama Hills. This climbs another 400 feet of elevation before beginning a descent into the hills.

Continue downhill as the trail turns into a 4WD road, and continue right (downhill) as two other roads join in from the left. Soon (0.3 miles) after the second of these comes in, a singletrack crosses the road. Turn right to stay on singletrack, but note that this part is fairly sandy. If you have skinny tires or hate sand, you can continue on the two track to a wide gravel road (Movie Flat Road), and turn right to bypass this singletrack.

Either way will take you out to Movie Flat Rd at the Mobius Arch Trailhead. Turn left on Movie Flat Road and ride down for about half a mile to where it turns 90° left and up a hill. Look for The Horse Trail off to the right. This will take you up and down along some fun singletrack (with a bit of pushing) before you come out onto a 4WD road at a pass. Head down the east side of this pass and ride through the gully back to Lone Pine.


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May 22, 2019
Durtbag Hoffer
Fun cruise through the high desert and Alabama HIlls,
May 20, 2019
Jim Dover
Not a great trail but got novelty...
May 11, 2019
Jason Reber
Amazing! It rained yesterday.... best time to run it...less dust, better traction. Clouds of Painted Lady butterflies throughout the ride... — 11h 30m
Jan 29, 2019
Jordan Davis
sustained easy ish uphill, super fun kinda sandy downhill 9.6mi
Jul 3, 2018
Matthew Mattson
14.7mi — 4h 00m
Jun 25, 2018
Neal Evers
sandy AF... too much to make this ride worth it IMO 16.5mi
May 18, 2018
Justin Hulsey
We climbed the hill from the bottom and it sucked. I highly recommend shuttling to the dirt road. The last horse trail bit is harder than a green. 9mi — 3h 00m
Mar 30, 2018
Andy Nager
Sweet route. totally worth climb.

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