Lone Pine, CA
The weather here in the Owens Valley of California has been windy and a bit cooler the last couple of days. But today the sky was clear and the temperature was very comfortable so, despite a strong wind, we asked Dave and Sue to join us for another trip through the Alabama Hills looking for arches. This is our second post on this topic so if you’re tired of looking at rocks and arches now would be a good time to click the “X” up on the right side of this tab in your browser.
Our first stop was in the Tuttle Creek Road Area, south of Whitney Portal Road.
As we drove through the hills on Tuttle Creek Road we spotted a rock formation that looked like flowing lava that suddenly solidified. A doorway built into the formation identified it as the Flowing Cave Miner’s Dugout.
We went in the doorway to explore but found the mine was only a few feet deep. Guess they didn’t find much of value in the mine.
Tuttle Creek Road is paved, but after a bit we turned west on a dirt road to do some exploring. It wasn’t long before the road crossed a flowing creek. We sat by the creek and enjoyed lunch before crossing the water and continuing on the road.
The dirt road eventually intersected with Whitney Portal Road, where we turned west and drove a few miles to Movie Road, the main road through the Alabama Hills. After about a mile we turned on to a dirt side road and meandered our way through the desert to an area known as the Beach Area, name for a formation that some say looks like a wave. The area is packed with numerous arches.
We drove out to the end of a narrow side road and spotted a climber on the rock wall ahead of us. A check of the map revealed the rock to be “The Loaf,” a popular climbing spot.
We were in this section searching for the area that was used for this bridge in the classic 1939 film Gunga Din.
Although the bridge was only about thirteen feet off the ground, the camera was placed directly on the ground and pointed up to shoot the scene, giving the illusion the bridge was very high up. We located the site and found a motorhome parked in the spot.
We only have a few more days in Lone Pine but still have a couple of things we want to do before we continue our journey south. More on that later . . .