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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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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.

8 months ago
8 months ago

Such an awesome rock formation, and a bonus because you can frame Mt. Whitney in the arch. Since we were just driving through, we hit this at sunset, which was pretty, but it is a much better shot at sunrise when the scene is lit from the front. We'll definitely be back!

8 months ago
8 months ago

This short little loop is a great stop for the whole family. Young and old can enjoy this easy hike with a really cool photo opportunity. During the weekdays you can get the arch all to yourself, but during the weekend, there is a line of photographers usually waiting for sunset. Totally worth the stop.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Take a left off movie road before the road takes a hard turn right.

12 months ago
12 months ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Must-stop when driving through Lone Pine. Make sure to look up the exact drive to the parking lot before you leave as there's no cell service. The (unpaved) roads can be quite confusing.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Be sure to know your game plan before hand, as cell service is minimal.

about 3 years ago
about 3 years ago

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