hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

Beautiful rock formations and free camping. The trail was super easy and helpful in terms of it being marked. A must see if in the area.

5/23/2020 Couldn’t complete soldier lake to long lake, too much snow going down from the ridge to long lake. Had to turn around. Looks like an amazing trail otherwise, but I don’t see this being accessible until more snow melts.

Hey @Nico O. how long roundtrip did the hike take you to finish? How was the weather out there as well?

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking. Hiked this past weekend. Road to Whitney Portal was closed so we hiked the road; making the overall hike about 12miles. Hiking up the road and then trail makes it a strenuous hike - I enjoy a good challenge. Encountered very few people on the trail. Lake it worth it. Highly recommended.

@ Jennifer B. Heard Whitney Portal Road was closed, may I ask how you got up to the trail head?

Hi Jessica, thanks for posting the review. I am hoping to take my 11 year old daughter dayhiking there in the next couple of weeks. Do you know if Lubken Canyon Road is open from 395? Thanks for your help!

Great trail! A little bit of snow right now (mid shin at most) and slightly icy but nothing that couldn’t be navigated with regular gear. I didn’t use any spikes. Some spots were muddy as well. No bugs at all and was able to wear a tank for a lot of the hike. Definitely bring layers. All restrooms and trash bins locked and water spickets not working. Suggest 3 liters of water.

This was amazing. Can’t wait to do it again.

Whitney Portal Rd is closed due to Covid, can’t get up to the trailhead with a car yet.

Great trail with fantastic views the whole way! Definitely challenging, but not the hardest hike we've ever done. This says the trail is 7 miles total, but my garmin recorded 10.6 miles out and back from the trailhead to olancha pass. Elevation profile is about right though. Hiked through some knee to thigh deep snow above 8000 ft, but its very doable as long as you have waterproof boots. Also, one word of caution, if you click for directions in the alltrails mobile app, google maps will take you to the wrong place. If you type "olancha pass trailhead" into google maps instead, you should end up on the correct road.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

About 1.5 miles in or so watch for a sign to turn off right to continue onto the hiker trail - if you miss this you will end up on the cow driveway and you will not have a good time :) the trail is great, currently around 8k feet there is still some snow with some very deep parts - be prepared. Once you get into the Olancha Pass it is much better. Great views, fun hike!

hiking
2 months ago

I love everything about Alabama Hills. One of the best views I’ve ever seen and not very many people around! The arch is really cool. We also found the “Eye of Alabama Hills” arch after some searching!

hiking
2 months ago

Short, sweet, but oddly enough I could have used a longer hike here.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Beautiful little hike! Nice views, rocks to scramble on, pretty well marked.

Pretty cool arch. Kinda looks like a swan's neck, if you ask me.

Nice little walk to the arch. You can take stunning photos at sunset.

About a mile from the lake where the steep switchbacks start, the snow gets deep, and the trail disappeares. Didn't feel confident randomly walking on steep snow. Was afraid I'd sink too deep and get stuck. Don't know how to rate since I didn't finish but it's a good workout.

Trail is snowed over at this time, not passable.

Portal Road Closed 3.5 miles before trail head 1/9/20. Trail supoedly still open per park ranger

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Climbed Whitney for New Years 2018 but finally got to check out this short hike. Beautiful. Love the Sierras

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Was there on 12/24, snowy peaks in the background. What a lovely landscape!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

About two feet of powder on the 97 switchbacks, but no ice yet!

Cute little arch and trail. We saw several military planes flying overhead and some cute birds. Awesome views on the mountains if not covered by clouds.

Short and oh so sweet for our dusk stroll. The landscape is stunning and certainly dominates.

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