Alabama Hills - Pics!

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Alabama Hills, CA - Pics!

Hi everyone,

Added full trip details including the route!

Full Trip Details <click here>

I'll have a better write up of the trip soon, but wanted to share some pics now. The Cruiser was AWESOME! I got into a sketchy part of the Swansea Trail on the back side of Cerro Gordo Mines (Lone Pines, CA) literally on the side of a cliff. The rear slipped out toward the cliff and we all caught our breath. Locked the diffs and crawled out with zero slippage. Awesome trucks! ;) Yes, these are all from the same trip! We hit grassy plains, snowy mountains, red rock vistas and open desert. Great trip! Enjoy!


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The Alabama Hills - Bishop Field Office, Bureau of Land Mangement, California

The Alabama Hills gather their name from a Confederate warship responsible for wreaking havoc to northern shipping during the Civil War. Prospectors sympathetic to the Confederate cause named their mining claims after the Alabama and eventually the name stuck to these unique hills.


The fame of the C.S.S Alabama was both brilliant and short lived. Yankee warships finally cornered the Alabama off the coast of Normandy. There, in a running gun battle with the Northern steamsailer, U.S.S. Kearsarge, she was sunk in the summer of 1864. This event provided northern sympathetic miners to indulge in the art of "one-upmanship," by naming a whole mining district, mountain pass, a peak and a town, "Kearsarge".
 
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Scene of many movies

I love that area. In the shadow of the highest crag in the lower 48 Mt Whitney. Across the Owens Valley near Bishop is the Bristlecone Pine Forest, a great place to camp (Grandview Campground) with a superlative view of the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada.
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I love that area. In the shadow of the highest crag in the lower 48 Mt Whitney. Across the Owens Valley near Bishop is the Bristlecone Pine Forest, a great place to camp (Grandview Campground) with a superlative view of the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada.

some of those boulder outcrops looks like the place that the movie TREMORS was filmed at...interesting, i always wondered where that was

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easily Grandview Campground is huge but relatively lightly used. It' s popular for the astronomical clubs because of its remoteness and high altitude. You're in the White Mountains of California. If you have 4x4 you can get a camping spot overlooking the Owens Valley and the Sierra. It's an awesome part of California to explore. Highway 6...Inyo National Forest
 
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I wanna go... Drive past there all the time on my way to mammoth.. Guess I should change my plans someday and stop.. Wanna share your route?? What's the elevation? Trying to decide if I should wait for fall.. Awesome truck and pics!!
 

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