New Years Camping in the Alabama Hills
Close
    
    
Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 31
Like Tree95Likes

Thread: New Years Camping in the Alabama Hills

  1. #1
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862

    New Years Camping in the Alabama Hills

    Bored with a sustained cold streak and cabin fever I took off for an impromptu camping trip to Alabama Hills on New Years Day. I detoured to my favorite drive-by hot springs on the way, figuring I would only see 104 degrees if I got a fever for real.



    Here is a quick video of the conventional sights one can see wandering around Movie Road and the sets for many a western and Hollywood production needing a Himalayan looking backbdrop like Gunga Din.
    Last edited by Fred; 01-07-2019 at 06:50 PM.
    PlacerLode, Mel, Allanb and 11 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  2. #2
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    There are many dozens of fabulous primitive campsites scattered around, as well as a nice official campground a little removed. I have a preferred place with nice sunrise views set amongst the intriguingly eroded landforms. Later I range farther afield and other multiple users show up like slackliners, droid operators on scooters, free climbers and technical mountaineers practicing setting protection. No other motos, mountain bikes, jeeps, etc., more like families, climbers and photographers.
    Last edited by Fred; 01-07-2019 at 06:51 PM.
    Mel, Dryden-Tdub, Allanb and 5 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  3. #3
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    Not wishing to annoy others with TW's mild exhaust note I ranged farther away into a nearby mining district. Some roads still remain unvisited since they fall off into deep canyons with no guarantee of a safe exit into the Owens Valley across a major canal taking water to Southern California. Lots of weathered honey colored wood and rusted iron. BLM has safely closed off most of the abandoned shafts and addits but there are still a few openings on active claims.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
    Dryden-Tdub, Mel, Allanb and 4 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  4. Remove Advertisements
    TW200Forum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    Numerous eye pleasing outcrops pop up here and there although most are concentrated bracketing Movie Road. However nice singletracks lead to several more distant eroded remains, some with nice bull quartz veining.

    Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  6. #5
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    Some scenic easy singletracks meander in the shadow of the eastern sierras.
    Last edited by Fred; 01-06-2019 at 11:07 PM.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  7. #6
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    Anyways had a good little vacation. Managed to work off five pounds of Holiday fat, either through all the scampering around, a healthier camp diet, or just a lot of shivering. It was colder than predicted.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  8. #7
    Senior Member plumbstraight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Montesano, Washington
    Posts
    2,718
    I could do a week of that. Might be a good place to have a group ride weather permitting.
    bananachunks and Lyterx like this.

  9. #8
    Senior Member joeband's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    norcal nutjob
    Posts
    3,329
    always great seeing betty boop wandering afar. beautiful pics, is that quartz vein pointing to the highest point in the lower 48?
    1994 TW226- 6spd. 10w-40 synthetic, XTHidden Content , XT225 stainless header, +2" Joemama swingarm, lizrd cooler, +20% fork springs, +25% rear spring, 2001 speedo w/ trip odo, pro taper atv bars, bark busters, shinko 241 front tire, front fender w/ mr bracket bracket, Hidden Content , o-ring chain, ricochet skid plate, Hidden Content , XT225 rear brake cam lever, folding-tip shifter, cycle rack, kolpin 1.5 aux tank & 1450 pelican case. Hidden Content or Hidden Content

    Hidden Content

  10. #9
    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Frosty Hollow
    Posts
    13,100
    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Anyways had a good little vacation. Managed to work off five pounds of Holiday fat, either through all the scampering around, a healthier camp diet, or just a lot of shivering. It was colder than predicted.

    Holy Moly, you took some awesome pictures. I'm no pictureologist but man, there's some great pictures of the area.




    One of my TW favorites


    You know I love the mines...


    Capture from your first video. I bet this feels so neat. Almost like riding through an alley in a city...but way better.
    Alabama Hills.PNG

    Single track looks pretty fun. Just gotta watch me toes so I don't hit one of them bouldery looking boulders.

    Thanks for sharing Fred.
    Commandog and Dryden-Tdub like this.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

  11. #10
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,862
    Am about ready to go back the place is so scenic!
    The row of dragon's teeth growing out of the boulder is actually an aplite dyke and several examples can be found here and there...an intresting look.
    However the mountains in the background are a few miles south of Mt. Whitney and are a couple thousand feet lower, high point is Peak 3,681m? (12,077feet). Whitney Portal paved road leads up to the treeline at lower right photo's corner, a bit over 10,000 ft. and an absolute blast on the TW.whitney names.jpg
    dyke.jpg

    Being deeply weathered in place much of the feldspars have chemically weathered away leaving the quartz mineral component behind as almost a residual placer. Makes for good reflections off the crystal faces. The iron stained bull quartz was found in big chunks lying on the surface in arroyos.

    Either way as the feldspars weathers away it leaves the granite rock faces with pebbly little quartz protrusions making for awesome traction when on rocking' on either on the bike on scrambling around on foot.
    Last edited by Fred; 01-11-2019 at 11:03 PM.
    admiral, Mel, Juno and 3 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Sponosred Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-06-2017, 09:52 AM
  2. Alabama Hills Playground Ride Video
    By Fred in forum Trails, Off-road, and Adventure Riding
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 08-30-2016, 10:08 AM
  3. Some Alabama Hills and Mt Witney Portal Viddeos
    By Fred in forum TW200 Pictures / Videos
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-08-2015, 09:18 PM
  4. Alabama Hills Teaser
    By Fred in forum Trails, Off-road, and Adventure Riding
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-19-2014, 03:55 PM
  5. Alabama Hills and Death Valley Ride
    By Fred in forum Trails, Off-road, and Adventure Riding
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 08-28-2014, 07:25 PM