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Lone Pine, California

Photograph Mobius Arch

Originally added by Tiffany Nguyen

Distance: 0.5 miles. Duration: 30 minutes. A natural rock arch located in the Alabama Hills that perfectly frames Mt. Whitney. Unique rock formations surround Mobius Arch offering plenty of areas to explore nearby. Popular filming location for movies including Django Unchained, Gladiator, and Iron Man.

The Alabama Hills area of Lone Pine, CA is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. As you drive along Movie Flat Road you will be surrounded by a sea of golden brown boulders of varying shapes and sizes extending in every direction. The main attraction in Alabama Hills is definitely the Mobius Arch. Many people stop by to photograph Mt. Whitney, which is perfectly framed through the 6 foot tall arch. The best time to visit is around sunset, when the setting sun lights up the sky behind Mt. Whitney through the window of the arch. Although many people visit the arch during the day, people only stay for a short amount of time so you will never have much of a crowd to contend with.

To get to Mobius Arch, drive along Whitney Portal Road for about 3 miles until you reach Movie Flat Road. Stay on this road for about 1.5 miles until you reach a T-intersection where you will see a small parking area to the right. The trail is unmarked but easily found. From the parking area, look to the left and you will find a trail leading down to the arch. After a few minutes of walking you will find a sign that leads to the arch. Mobius Arch is definitely the most impressive arch to visit in the Alabama Hills, but if you have time, you can visit Lathe Arch and Heart Arch as well as many others that are nearby.

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So worth a short detour! Beautiful rock formations

Super cool rocky terrain to climb around and photograph. Beautiful mountains in the background if there aren’t too many clouds. Very short, fairly well-marked walk from the parking area (10 mins). Will definitely be visiting the Alabama Hills again!

Scenic Desert Rocks

The arc itself is pretty impressive but it's surroundings with other boulders of massive size makes it a place worth visiting. It's easy enough to get to the arc, so it's worth walking around and exploring a lot more of the area! I just went for a day trip from LA and spent a few hours taking picks and walking around. Next time I'd love to come back and camp!

Been there twice!

It's amazing. And it's really great to see how people react to being there. Stopped there on my bachelor party road trip recently (my second visit) and my friends and I were in absolute awe. The first time was with my (then brand new) fiancée and she and I were still in absolute awe. Sometimes you can have cell service, depending on atmospheric conditions, but not all the roads/locations are marked accurately on a GPS, so plot them accurately and bring a map, just in case. Also, bring water (and maybe a compass!), because it's worth exploring and getting a little bit lost in.

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