IMG 4994  Alabama Hills Interpretive Hikes

Have you found yourself hiking through the corridors and crags of the Alabama Hills in awe, wondering how this dramatic landscape came to be? Why does this ancient landscape, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, look so different from the Sierra Nevada? What are the secretive flora and fauna you see hidden within and darting between the rocks? Haven’t I seen this exact setting in Django Unchained?

The answers to all of your questions are available through free interpretive hikes open to the public on weekends through the winter. Hike topics include Geology (The Alabama Hills under our Feet), Natural History (These Alabama Hills are Alive), and Film History (Film History in the Alabama Hills).

Explore the mysteries hidden within the eroded granite rock while walking through the passageways and along the ridge lines that make up the maze of this amazing setting. Hear geological and cultural tales about this landscape that captures the stories of the ages. Learn interesting and amusing insights into numerous film and commercial productions set here, including Gunga Din, Tremors, and Iron Man.

Hikers meet the Interpretive Guide at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine at 10 a.m. and carpool when possible to the respective trailhead. Including drive time, tours take approximately two hours, with These Alabama Hills are Alive concluding closer to 1 p.m. Bring layered clothing for a range of conditions, sturdy footwear, and plenty of water. These Alabama Hills are Alive is a moderately strenuous hike with occasional steep sections of trail.

For the 4th consecutive year, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), Bureau of Land Management, and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group have partnered to offer these Alabama Hills Interpretive Hikes. The full schedule can be found at For more information, please contact Dave Kirk, Bureau of Land Management, at 760-872-5000, or John Kelly, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, at 760-872-1220 or [email protected].

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