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


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An image of hikers in the Alabama Hills. Photo courtesy of 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.

“We are excited to begin this year’s series of winter interpretive hikes in the Alabama Hills,” says BLM Bishop Field Manager Steve Nelson. “During these hikes participants will learn about the stunning geology, rich film history and other values that make the hills a special place to visit.”

“The Alabama Hills under our Feet” hike will be held on Nov. 17. 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.

On Nov. 25, 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.

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.

As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in pursuit of its 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.