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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop
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  • It's a steep road to the top and the newer visitors center is worth a visit. There's lots of hiking to do, but come prepared for cool weather. You're up over 10000 feet, and the thin air can be an iss...  more »
  • California has the tallest (coastal redwoods), biggest (giant sequoia), and oldest (ancient bristlecones pines) trees in the world. One of the gems in the state is the corridor know as the east side o...  more »
  • Great experience to see the high sierra and the old living plants on earth. If you want to see both groves expect to spend all day here. Travel from Bishop is easy but does take an hour to get to the ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Home to the oldest living organism in the world, so basically one of the coolest places ever. It's really eerie and quiet and surreal up with the bristlecones—unpredictable weather too, some come prepared. The main loop hike is about 4 miles and nothing too difficult ... though take it slow to really come to appreciate what these multi-thousand-year-old trees have been through.
  • Really gorgeous gnarled trees that have lived pretty much forever. It's a nice light hike and so photogenic.