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Address: Great Basin National Park, NV
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.

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Ancient beauties

This hike was we love worth it! The hike was a moderate hike with loose rocks....we took our time and enjoyed the entire hike! The hike seems longer than it really is, but bear... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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415 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This hike was we love worth it! The hike was a moderate hike with loose rocks....we took our time and enjoyed the entire hike! The hike seems longer than it really is, but bear in mind you are hiking at elevation! It is amazing to see the old trees...some several thousand years old!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After the cave tour we did the scenic drive and then hiked up the Bristlecone/Glacier Trails. We took our time and round trip was about 3 hours. Moderate hike with somewhat rocky terrain in spots (more towards the top of Glacier Trail). Good day hike with pretty sights and thousands of year old trees.

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TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This trail is a moderate walk due to being uphill pretty much all the way to the trees, and having a lot of loose rock on the trail. We saw at least one woman turn back about halfway there, but she was having trouble walking on level ground as well. At the Bristlecone area there are infosigns at a few... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This 2.8 mile (roundtrip) hike seems longer at almost 10,000 feet elevation. There was still a fair amount of snow we had to trudge through, along with mud, running water, steep slopes, and unstable stone paths to get to the pines. Although we were properly outfitted, we managed and glad we persevered. The air is clear and we were fortunate... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were hoping to be able to do this hike. The ranger advised us that it was still snowed in and snow shoes would be required (first week of June). Be aware that you might want to plan to visit this park later in the summer or come earlier and plan on wearing snow shoes. The temps were in the... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Hike up to the bristlecone forest and read all the placards. stand next to trees that were here before the american revolution or columbus or the Roman empire or Moses. Think about it. A walk that will put things in perspective.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Admittedly, from a distance, they don't LOOK especially impressive. In fact, they look like rather ordinary trees. But once you get up close next to them, once you see how knotted and gnarled they are, once you start reading individual stories on the adjacent placards, you can't help but be amazed. What is even more amazing is that in spite... More 

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Price, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I have taken this trail many times and I love the scenery, the clean air and the ancient tree!. This hike starts from a good parking lot and winds gradually uphill for a ways through the forest. You cross a slope and round a bend to the Bristlecone Pine trees. These trees are so unique and wonderful colors. As always... More 

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Curtice, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The trail can be a little rocky in places but my nine and ten year old had no problem navigating the path. The bristlecone loop is amazing. The sheer ancestry of these trees, some over 3000 years old, is very humbling. The loop has many informational signs and was perfect for kids and adults. Take some water and go for... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

The Bristlecone Pine forest that clings to life along the rocky talus next to Wheeler Peak is old. Very old in fact. At one time, this grove of gnarled ancient trees contained the oldest living thing in the world! A grad student discovered the 5,000 year old Prometheus tree in the 60's and tried to take a core sample to... More 

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