Camping in the Alabama Hills in popular. There is no worse time to look for a campsite in the Alabama Hills than a holiday weekend, which is unfortunately when I have time to camp. After a stressful hour or two of looking for a campsite in Movie Flat, racing other AWD cars from campsite to campsite only to find them occupied, we went south of Whitney Portal Road and found a great place to camp for a few nights. We were not right next to towering boulders but we were close to Tuttle Creek, complete with flowing water and croaking frogs (always a treat for us in Southern California).
Our latest camp purchase is a hammock stand, so we aren’t dependent on camping amongst trees but our daughter gets her hammock time in. Which is pretty endless.
We did talk to a volunteer about camping in the Alabama Hills our last day in the area (not admitting where we were camped which is not a designated campsite). We found out that they are looking into making all designated campsites reservable. Honestly, I am not happy about this idea and I hope it doesn’t happen for a long time, if ever. I would take the stress of not being able to find a campsite over not being able to reserve one at all.