Nearly 15 miles of High Sierra views and Wild West terrain

Photos and words by Parker Amstutz

Dropping Sandy Trail toward the Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead.

A climber’s paradise and one of Hollywood’s favorite backdrops, Alabama Hills doesn’t typically come to mind when you think about your next destination for mountain biking. You might be surprised, though. With its close proximity to Highway 395 and legendary backdrop of High Sierra fourteeners, the Alabama Hills Loop is definitely worth a ride.  

Where to start

Just outside of Lone Pine on the Whitney Portal Road, you’ll see a sign reading “Alabama Hills Information Next Right” with an arrow. Follow the sign and park in the small parking lot along the main road. This is the traditional starting point for your ride, but the loop has strong “Choose Your Own Adventure” characteristics. Parking anywhere (legal) along the side of Whitney Portal Road is …