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Bristlecone Trails

Great Basin National Park, NV
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
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Curtice, Ohio
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189 reviews 189 reviews
77 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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32 helpful votes 32 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a must see if you are visiting the Great Basin National Park. The fact that you are looking at trees that are thousands of years old is quite a humbling experience. The hike to the trees is fine just as long as you take your time and make sure that you wear sensible shoes and take lots of... More

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Portland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Seeing 2-3,000 year old trees was one of the reasons we went out of our way to get to Great Basin National Park. This hike is definitely worth it! We first attempted this trail too close to evening and had to turn back before we reached the ancient trees. Neither of us knew what a bristlecone pine looked like, so... More

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Reno, Nevada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Hiking to take in these ancient, and I do mean ancient trees, is more like a pilgrimage than a hike. You have to be really jaded not to be amazed at seeing these hearty specimens of life that are literally thousands of years old and surviving at these extremes. Go and get in touch with the universe.

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Thorne Bay, Alaska
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

It was a beautiful trail - however we tried it right after the road opened in May, and found out quickly that snowshoes would have been a great idea, or at the very least, gaiters. It is short, not very much elevation gain, and a beautiful view of mountain lakes, mountains, and of course, the bristlecone pines.

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Burley, Idaho
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours roundtrip from the cave parking lot. Avoid trail if there is lightning in the area.

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Henderson, Nevada
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139 reviews 139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Very rocky, and difficult in just a few spots, otherwise the trail is manageable. Took about 2 hours up and 1/2 hour to come down. Take your camera and some water and sunscreen.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This is my first time to see a Bristlecone in person but it's something I've been wanting to do since seeing photos of them in National Geographic. hence I can't compare against the other groves. The Bristlecone loop itself is very small so, as others have noted, tag on the Alpine Lakes and The Glacier Trail and you've got a... More

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Vermont
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We camped at Wheeler Peak so the trail head was not far from our campsite. Great hike with views of Wheeler. We made it up to the self guided trail where a lot of the trees are. Even when they die the trees will remain upright for over a thousand years. Very tough environment up there.

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