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Rock climbing Alabama Hills

Rock climbing at Alabama Hills with a local guide, near Lone Pine, CA

Join the certified guides from SWS Mountain Guides as they lead you on this fun, epic and spectacular rock climbing adventure at Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, California, an area of rocky and other-worldly terrain featuring a huge amount of climbing routes and truly awe-inspiring views out over the desert landscape.




Sierra Nevada (California)


1 Day


Apr - Nov






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  • Rock climb in the unique and fascinating setting of Alabama Hills, California!
  • Climb on over 300 different routes, ranging from beginner to expert levels
  • Admire the jaw-dropping views out over the rocky, desert-like scenery


The Alabama Hills contain some of the most unique and fascinating landscape, scenery and terrain in California, and I will guide you as we rock climb around this region, climbing on the more than 300 routes available to us while also admiring the truly special, other-worldly and quintessentially Californian desert scenery.

The Alabama Hills are a part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, located not far from the town of Lone Pine. It contains many interesting rock formation with more rounded contours than is usual in the Sierra Nevada, and is increasingly becoming one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the United States.

After meeting in the morning in Lone Pine, we then head out to the Alabama Hills, where initially we will run through all relevant safety gear and information.

We then have almost free reign of the area for climbing, and with over 300 routes available there are climbs for people of all levels of ability, from beginners through to experts. The Joshua Tree-style friction granite is an excellent surface to climb on, and you will be able to complete each climb at your own pace.

Some of the most popular climbs include Jackie’s Crack, Southern Man, Sweet Home Alabama and Blockade Runner.

The views out over the landscape, scenery and terrain take the breath away, with the desert setting making it seem like we are in a Western movie.

By the end of our fun-filled trip you will have experienced some of the best rock climbing in the country, whilst also experiencing one of the most distinctive and special settings possible.

Book now to spend a day rock climbing in the epic and awesome Alabama Hills!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

Price details

Includes: Professional Guides, helmet, harness, all technical rock equipment, permits and permit fees.

Note: Group Rock Climbing Trips are available from 4-30 give us a call for a quote

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Meet, Rock Climb, Finish

Meet in Lone Pine, rock climb all day, finish.

About the guide: SWS

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Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.





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What people are saying about SWS



This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!



Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.


Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.


Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.


Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.

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