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

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Bristlecone/Glacier Trail Great Basin

This is a great and pretty easy hike. Leave from the Bristlecone Parking lot. The first part of the trail is wide, and through the juniper forest. As you gain elevation (gradual... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Dupont, Washington
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Dupont, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great and pretty easy hike. Leave from the Bristlecone Parking lot. The first part of the trail is wide, and through the juniper forest. As you gain elevation (gradual) the trail become narrow and very rocky. I was happy that I had my hiking boots (over the ankle) as they probaly saved me from twisted ankles several... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We thought the 10,000+ elevation in altitude would knock me out (we are from Los Angeles), but sheer stubbornness got us to the grove! What I like most about this particular national park is the dedication of the travelers who patronize it. I understand from the park rangers at the visitor center that Great Basin gets only about 100,000 visitors... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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