The Alabama Hills - Overlanding Christmas | King of the Hill

Alabama Hills, Inyo County, Lone Pine -

The Alabama Hills - Overlanding Christmas | King of the Hill

Christmas eve morning we began our road trip north to 395 from Temecula. Once we hit highway 395 we were instantly taken back by the incredible scenery that the sierra’s had to offer. During the trip we kept a close eye out for the scenic snow-cap mountains typically captured in the photographs of Alabama hills. We were about 15 minutes south of our destination when we noticed the scenery hadn’t really changed. The mountains were still green and the flat lands still had quite a desert feel. I kept asking myself “am I going to the right place?” Just then we dropped into a valley and rounded the bend into Lone Pine, which opened up into completely different scenery of vast open flatlands and the breath taking views of the Sierra Nevada’s.
Alabama Hills
(Photo Courtesy of @KyleTillmanPhoto).

The Journey into Alabama Hills, Inyo County

We pulled into Alabama Hills and began our trek with airing down our tires to 20psi for that smooth off road experience. Once completed, we began making our way north on Movie Road. Along Movie Road you will notice many overlanders out searching for the same experiences as you, so be sure to keep a look-out and share the trail. While passing by the multiple offshoots we decided to push ourselves further off the grid for more privacy. 
We found ourselves deep within the rock formations when we found the perfect cut-out for camp. Unfortunately, due to the fire ban we had to endure the brisk temperatures without the camp fire. An obstacle like this calls for the much needed investment in a portable generator, electric blanket and heater.
Once we were settled in camp and the jeep was properly leveled, we broke out 23Zero walkabout 62 roof top tent and began cooking dinner. We broke out the Coleman propane stove and the wife began her magic in the “kitchen” cooking the perfect Christmas Eve dinner of homemade potato soup. With our stomachs full, it was time to turn in for the night. 
Alabama Hills
(Photo Courtesy of @KyleTillmanPhoto).

Christmas Morning in Alabama Hills 

Typically as a child you remember coming down stairs and being taken back by all of the presents waiting for you under the tree. As an adult, it’s something spectacular to come down out of your tent to witness the clouds rolling over Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. No better Time to break out the percolator, sip a hot cup of coffee from your yeti mug, and watch your son or daughter unwrap presents next to the 2 foot portable Christmas tree. While they’re having the time of their life, you’re taking in ALL the sights. The perfect Christmas.

GPS Coordinates (36.6174082, -118.1505635)
- Kyle T.