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Bristlecone Trails

Great Basin National Park, NV
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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208 reviews 208 reviews
84 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
3 attraction reviews
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
38 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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