The Alabama Hills are found just to the west of the small town of Lone Pine, California. Most people would agree that they exhibit an extraordinary beauty with unique rock formations, stunning skylines, and the backdrop of the majestic High Sierras. It is no wonder that the film industry has repeatedly chosen this location for so many movies. However, hidden within the rocks, there is another often overlooked natural treasure, the arches of the Alabama Hills. There are reportedly over 300 of these geologic structures in the area. This guidebook provides a means to locate 72 of the more accessible ones, as well as 23 other features, by providing GPS coordinates, descriptions, color photos, and maps that can be readily used in the field. The arches can be found using just the maps but a GPS device will greatly facilitate the endeavor. The color photos and descriptions also aid in identifying the structures. The book is organized to simplify its’ use. The Alabama Hills are broken down into nine areas that are covered separately; each with its’ own map, feature descriptions, and color photos. An index map and map key help in navigating the book. Information on the history of the area, geology, camping, suggested itineraries, and road conditions is also included.
About the Author: Orlyn Fordham was born in Kalispell, Montana in 1954. He has lived in Washington and California and he currently resides in Nevada. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from California State University, Northridge and a teaching credential in Physical Science from California State University, Fullerton. After 27 years of teaching in public schools, Orlyn retired. Besides viewing arches, the author enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, freestyle Frisbee, snowboarding, rafting, mountain biking, surfing, wakeboarding, playing guitar and harmonica, and flying RC planes.