Alabama Hills film, geology and natural history hikes offered this March


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Image of father and daughter hiking at the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. (Photo by Bob Wick/BLM)BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association will be hosting two-hour, guided hikes about the film, geology and natural history of the Alabama Hills. Hikes will begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center at the intersection of U.S. Route 395 and California State Route 136 in Lone Pine.

On March 16 and 30, join the BLM for a hike through Alabama Hills’ film history, where more than 400 movies and countless commercials have been filmed. Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions. These walks will cover an area known as “Movie Flat,” which includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors, Bad Day at Black Rock and Django Unchained.

“These Alabama Hills are Alive” hikes will be held on March 17 and 24. Explore the mysteries hidden in the eroded granite outcrops. Learn about the many secretive creatures and flora hidden within the rock. This is a moderately strenuous hike with occasional steep sections of trail.

“The Alabama Hills under our Feet” hikes will be held on March 23 and 31. Take a stroll through an ancient landscape that captures the stories of the ages. Hear geological and cultural tales on a short walk through granite corridors and mounds nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Participants should carpool, as parking is limited, wear layered clothing and footwear suitable for a range of temperatures and varied terrain. Bring a camera, binoculars and at least one quart of water. Participants may also wish to bring trekking poles and snacks. Those planning an overnight visit to attend these hikes are encouraged to stay in one of the area’s developed campgrounds.

The Alabama Hills have attracted photographers, cinematographers and recreationists for generations. The area provides stunning views of Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has spectacular natural arches, rolling hills and vibrant wildflowers. This area was recently designated by Public Law 116-9 as the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area.

As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in our pursuit of our multiple-use mission. For more information, contact Bishop Field Office Range Technician Dave Kirk at 760-872-5000, or call the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center at 760-876-6222.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.