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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop

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  • Ancient bristlecone forest is a must see for tourists on their way to mammoth The age of these trees is a wonderful sight and the way they are preserved The drive upto the the forest is not accessible...  more »
  • Visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest was a bucket list item for me, and it did not disappoint. Being among these ancient beauties was so worth the sickness-inducing drive to get there. Plan to...  more »
  • This place is a bit off the beaten track, but it is interesting and lovely. You drive very high up and get some great views of the Eastern Sierras and toward Death Valley. There is a nice camping area...  more »
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  • 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/
  • This place is a long drive off the highway up to 10,000 feet but it is definitely worth it. Great views of the Sierra Nevada and some very nice short hiking trails to see these ancient trees. The Visitor Center looked very new to me but unfortunately was closed the day I was there.
  • Nice hike through the trees. I believe the road was paved all the way up to it.
  • The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is an amazing place. It is high above the Owens Valley and serves up some amazing views of both the valley and the Sierras sitting across from the White Mountains (on-which the forest is situated). There is a lot of hiking, biking, and camping to be done up here. Several hikes start out from the visitors center and are varied in distance. Good boots, water, snacks, and sunscreen are recommended as this is high-altitude hiking on some rugged trails. The campsites are nothing short of spectacular, with several of them being situated on the Valley side face of the mountain. The sites are somewhat exposed but this simply heightens the amazing views. Getting to the site can be tough from Bishop and I would recommend coming up on the paved-road from Big Pine. The road to Bishop is long, winding, and unpaved. It would be better suited to high-clearance 4wd vehicles, especially in adverse weather conditions.
  • Sacred is the word to describe this grove of thousands-years-old trees. They are more like sculptures of the high desert than any trees I have seen. I'd waited years to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pines, and my visions were surpassed. The short trail off the visitor's center is relatively easy; most people could enjoy it. It wraps through Schulman Grove, the grove closest in to the main road. The second grove, Patriarch Grove, is more remote and further up the road. It composes a moonscape graced by more of these stunning and twisted forms. Keep in mind that these sites are high altitude and remote. Bring plenty of water and snacks and use reliable transportation.