History: The Alabama Hills were named for CSS Alabama. When news of the Confederate warship’s exploits reached prospectors in California sympathetic to the American Civil War Confederates, they named many mining claims after the ship, and the name came to be applied to the entire range. When the Alabama was finally sunk off the coast of Normandy by the USS Kearsarge in 1864, prospectors sympathetic to the North named a mining district, a mountain pass, a mountain peak, and a town after the Kearsarge.
Personal Experience: We visited this spot on our way up to our campsite at the base of Mt. Whitney. This is definitely a cool and scenic spot to explore and I’m sure we could have spent days climbing around the rocks and seeking out all the hidden treasures. We were lucky to come for the sunset which resulted in a picturesque experience.