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Central California District
Release Date: 01/10/12
Contacts: Dave Kirk , 760-920-1412  
News Release No. CA-CC-12-23

MLK Weekend Activities Planned for Alabama Hills

Interpretive hikes to view natural arches and a volunteer day to restore native plants are among the activities planned for the Alabama Hills area over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and BLM Bishop Field Office will sponsor a volunteer day on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants should meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie roads at 9 a.m. Volunteers will “vertically mulch” formerly disturbed areas to encourage plant regeneration, plant native plants and pick up trash. Trash bags, tools and drinks will be provided. Volunteers should dress for outdoor work and bring gloves, a hat, sunscreen and water. 

For more information, contact Martin Oliver, 760-872-5035, or Dave Kirk, (760) 920-1412,

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Kirk, Alabama Hills steward for the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office, will lead the hikes.

“There are hundreds of arches throughout the Alabama Hills. Find out what geologic processes lead to their formation. This is a relatively moderate hike that enables you to view several arches in a seldom visited corner of the hills including the elegant ‘Hitching Post’ Arch. There will also be an option to make the hike into a loop, passing some historical movie locations and even more arches,” Kirk said.

Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center, Highway 395 at Route 136, to carpool to the site. The hike will take 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours and includes one moderately strenuous portion along a dirt road that descends and climbs out of a wash. Each hiker should carry at least one liter of water and dress in layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions.

For more information, contact Kirk at (760) 920- 1412 or the Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center (760) 876-6222.


Central California District   2800 Cottage Way      Sacramento, CA 95825  

Last updated: 01-11-2012