Mobius Arch Loop Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Mobius Arch Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, CA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

0.7 miles 66 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

horseback riding

  • the arch
    36.61353, -118.12593
23 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, very easy & very short trail. We started around 3pm and only saw one other family. I expect the trail to be very crowded earlier in the day or around sunrise. As we felt like walking a bit longer, we combined several trails into a 4mi loop, beautiful scenery and no other people. Sadly, not all trails are available on alltrails, so we had go consult the park map, trails not very well visible at times. I still recorded the hike (sorry managed to cancel the recording at one point) if you feel like hiking longer.

3 months ago

great short hike. arches are beautiful.

4 months ago

Easy hike, Great views of the Sierra Nevada's, Many picture opportunities!

4 months ago

My kids had a blast looking for the arch. Great family hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome short loop hike to three arches off Movie Road - Lathe Arch, Mobius Arch and Heart Arch. If you travel from the parking area starting at the left and going clockwise, you'll first come to Lathe Arch which is just around the corner from Mobius Arch, so if you miss Lathe - much flatter and closer to the ground - you can come back to it. Next is the most recognizable Mobius Arch. You can frame Mt. Whitney in both and the rocks to the north are fun to climb. The loop continues to Heart Arch which doesn't look like a heart until you are in line with the parking area, but you'll know it when you see it. Great rock playground all around. Good stop on Movie Road or on the way up to the Whitney Portal. Not to miss.

hiking
5 months ago

The Alabama Hills and. views of Mt. Whitney are reason enough to hike this area (best time is early in the morning) but the many arch's, especially the Mobius Arch really made the day for me. I took the traditional shot of Mt. Whitney through the arch, but couldn't stop taking pictures of the beautiful boulders and formations in the area.

The trailhead is well marked after a 1.5 mile drive on Movie Road in Lone Pine. The looks is a 3/4 mile loop, and could be completed in 20-minutes if I didn't stop every 10 yards to enjoy the view or take another picture.

Western movie buffs will also enjoy learning where westerns were filmed starting in the silent movie days, singing Cowboys, the Duke himself, Clint Eastwood and Bogart. It's a lot more than a hike.

In late June 2016. It was warm even in the morning. There isn't any shade aside from the boulders. So, bring water.

6 months ago

It is a short hike which takes you to the arch and back. It can be quite hit in summers and there is no shade, so be prepared and carry water.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Be sure to read Jim Jackson's review for more info and directions. Don't be fooled by the Alltrails description...this is actually part of a loop and it takes you to both Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch. These arches are easiest to get to by taking the loop counter-clockwise. So, when you're in the parking area be sure to look for the smaller trailhead to the left as opposed to the larger trail head which faces the big heart-shaped arch (which is NOT Mobius and, unless you can do some serious rock climbing, is not an arch you can take photos through).

Lathe Arch is hard to spot since it's very low to the ground but if you hit Mobius (and you can't miss it) then go back to the trail and retrace your steps about 30 feet looking low and to the left. Anyway, you can get some AMAZING photos through both arches and it's especially wonderful to capture the first light as the sun hits Mt. Whitney. Spectacular. If you miss sunrise don't worry, getting a shot of the eastern Sierras through either arch is still fantastic. The hike is great.

Tip: if you happen to take the main trailhead toward the heart shaped arch you can see from the parking lot be sure to take a LEFT at the fork in the trail if you want to get to Mobius and Lathe Arch. It will seem like you're going the wrong way as you pass through a gulley and up some rock stairs but it will lead you there. Continue on that same direction and the trail leads back to the parking lot...making it a loop.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

This easy trail goes by two arches (actually more if you are observant) but the first one (traveling counterclockwise) looks like a heart and is seen from the parking area too. But the "real" Mobius Arch you came to see, and is in all the pictures, is further along the trail. Besides the arches, there are so many beautiful pictures to be taken of the Alabama Hills and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Plus, you can just imagine being in an old western movie here, as well as many more modern movies too. 100's were filmed here, so stop at the Western Movie Museum in Lone Pine for some great movie history.

The trail head is wrong in AllTrails as of May 2015. The correct directions are: At the only traffic light in Lone Pine, turn west onto Whitney Portal Rd, go for 2.7 miles, then turn right onto Movie Rd/Movie Flat Rd and go for 1.6 miles. Your destination will be on the left at the parking area. For the last ~1.2 miles, you'll be on a well maintained dirt road.

hiking
1 year ago

Very easy quick hike with great views! Located in Lone Pine, this hike is a well-maintained, flat hike with a lot of rock structures to explore. There is one spot with a natural rock arch that is accessible to take pictures under. All alone the hike you have great views of the Sierras including Mt. Whitney.