Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop

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  • It was on my bucket list to hug a bristlecone pine tree, and I finally got to do it. The shorter loop is only 1 mile but it was pretty tough for us at such high elevation (above 10,000 ft) as we came ...  more »
  • We went to Bristlecone in this past weekend - middle of November, 2017. It was beautiful and interesting. The trails are really well marked. The visitor center is closed for the season, but we were ve...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • What a wonderful and unique place. No where else like it on earth and the oldest living creations on earth. They'll never show you or point it out but there's a tree over 4500 years old here and you'll never anything like it anywhere else. The 395 running north and south along the Eastern Sierras is indeed very special. There was intermittent rain that day and this was after just leaving the forest returning to the 395.
  • This place is amazing. Its very high, incredible star gazing at 10000 plus feet. Hikes and trees are accessible to everyone. You could do a fun bike ride on White Mtn. Rd. then bag a peak or walk among the oldest living trees on earth. There is a campground on the way to the brand new visitors center. Next time I'm spending a few days up there. Its remote and not crowded at least when we were there in mid October.
  • Hiking up 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? Hint: D Hiking in the shadows of giant trees was wonderful and was a great date/get to know each other activity. The shapes and structures of the oldest trees in the world are striking. We always stop here on our way to Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Just look for the large bristlecone off the highway and turn left. Parts of the ascent appear as an alien landscape. Elevation is significant, hydrate!
  • An out of this world place to hike amongst 5000-8000 year old trees plus some only decades old. One of my top 10 hikes in my lifetime, do all three hikes at visitor center, you wont be disappointed. Very friendly staff and great gift shop! A must see for you bucket list. Just dont drive anything bigger than a car or truck, road is very windy and steep with drop offs at edge.
  • The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest protects the oldest recorded living thing on Earth, the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus Longaeva). Growing only within an elevation range from 9,000 to over 11,000 ft in the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest, the Bristlecone Pine can exceed 5,000 years old. They thrive in the area's high alkaline dolomite soils with little competition. A trip begins on a 26 mile steep, narrow, winding National Scenic Byway. CA Hwy 165 is a fantastic drive (turn off of CA Hwy 395, 14 miles south of Bishop at Big Pine). Dramatic vistas look across the Owens Valley towards the eastern slope of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The road ends at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center (9,846 ft in elevation). Due to snow, the road and visitor center are only open (varies) from May through mid-November. Nearby, the Schulman Grove contains two trails. The Discovery Trail is a relatively easy one mile loop (300 ft elevation gain) through an area containing 3,000-4,000 year old trees. The Methuselah Grove Trail (4.5 mile loop, 800 ft elevation gain) brings hikers through an area containing one of the oldest trees known, the 4,800+ year old Methuselah Tree. Its exact location is guarded to protect it from vandal damage. The Patriarch Grove also contains the Cottonwood Basin Overlook trail. Walking through the Bristlecone Pine Forest is a awesome experience. Beautifully twisted, weather-worn and gnarled, they do look their ancient age. Yet all around you are living things that have been on Earth for centuries, some since 3,050 BC. And that's truly mind blowing.

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