Photograph Mobius Arch
Yosemite › Alabama Hills
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.
- Warm clothes
- Comfortable shoes
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Chillin, Hiking, Photography
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Woke up early to get there at sunrise. I was one of four people on a Thursday in mid-October. There's a nice little loop that takes you through the main area. If you take the trailhead to the right of the parking area, follow the path and go left when you get to the T. That will take you to Möbius. If you go right, it takes you out to what appears to be a camping area and more paths to explore. Before you take the path stand in the parking area and look straight out (the way your car is facing) - you'll see the heart! Definitely check the map before you go; it's not far off 395 in the middle of Lone Pine, but the roads all look the same.
If you are only able to pass through this area, you should at least take the time to see this arch. The trail leading to it is both easy and beautiful and takes little time to complete. Be sure to bring water though since this is a desert hike.
Extremely cool little pocket on the way between Big Pine/Mammoth and LA. Worth just driving through, but if you decide to hoof it, make sure to bring water! Was 95 the day I went (45 in Mammoth the same day). Almost like a mini Arches.
More Adventures Nearby
Rock Climb Penthouse Cracks, Yosemite NP
Yosemite / Yosemite Lodge Parking Area
The Penthouse Cracks in Yosemite Valley are a great introduction to crack climbing, in a safe environment. With fixed protection above the routes, you are able to safely top rope these climbs.
Hike Panum Crater Trail
Yosemite / Panum Crater Trail
If you are visiting Mono Lake, the Panum Crater Trail is not to be missed! From 395, take highway 120 east for about 2.5 miles.