Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop

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  • Hiking up high was wonderful and we brought in some water. Bring a camera, sunscreen and a good attitude, Notice how the soil is? Any guesses on its composition? Hiking in the shadows of giant trees w...  more »
  • Given the marvels of Yosemite and the sequoia tree you could be forgiven from never having heard of this hidden gem and for excluding it from your list. The only reason that we visited was down to the...  more »
  • The ancient bristlecone pines are the oldest known trees in the world. Some as old as 4,850 years. Its well worth the 1 hour long drive up the windy steep road. Take care and don't drive to fast and y...  more »
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  • Last week in full sun, two of did one of the short hike in mid afternoon. Beautiful! My age is 70 and I am in relatively good condition. The EASY 1 mile hike was pretty strenuous for me and my 56 year old friend. Glad I did it but would plan better for it next time. We both wished we had brought water. Neither of us suffered altitude sickness. we started hike at 10,00 feet and rose 300 more the summit. I did feel pretty shaky and felt like someone was pressing moderately on my neck at jugulars for 30 min after the hike.Even after we came back to Bishop which is at about 7000 feet.elevation.
  • Over the years I have visited and camped near the Bristlecone Pine Forest and always enjoyed my stay Ive hiked in November,and all kinds of weather, as we explored the areas many mines, miners cabins and tree line as well as closer to the top of White Mountain.An area well worth exploring.Be prepared for a thin air environment above 9,000 feet. Take time to acclimate or get use to the elevation by going slowly. The Road up to the research station is over 12,000 ft and worth the drive to the observation area that looks down on Bishop and parts of the Owens Valley.
  • Great area with two hiking trails that loop back to the start and bring you through the forest of Bristlecone Pines.
  • Beautiful, but its 10,000 altitude makes for thin air to hike in.
  • MUST DO HIKE. How can you pass up the opportunity to hike through a grove of the oldest trees on earth. Everything about this hike is great. I have a guide to the hike with directions on my blog here: https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/hiking-la/ancient-bristlecone-pine-forest-hike/

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