The oldest trees. Visitors have been respectful and you don't see litter. The air is fresh and clean.
A recent visit to Sequoia National Park's Museum reminded my son and me that these trees are ancient. Having driven by numerous times, this time was to be different. So Christmas Day, I was in Bishop and decided to try to make it to the forest. After driving back 13 miles on US-395 to the turnoff and then 24 miles,... More
After a beautiful drive way up into the mountains, we finally came to the Bristlecones, Beware the altitude, it is very high. We arrived shortly before sunset so only a quick walk up the trail was possible. The trees are gnarled and curved in ways that I have never seen. It is amazing to think of how old these trees... More
The Bristlecones are in a very high, arid area of the White Mountains. It is an hour + drive to get there, but the views coming up(and going down) are spectacular! The bristlecone trees are beautiful and the hikes are relatively easy. If you travel further north on the road you come to the White Mountain research station that is... More
Ancient Pine trees, shapes & sizes you'll never see anywhere else. Mainly sightseeing for hikers and History Buffs. Beautiful Panoramic Views of the High Sierra Mountain Range. All you need is a pair of hiking boots, Picnic Basket and a Bottle of Wine to enjoy the Bristlecone Pines. (Oh, don't forget some nuts for the squirrels, they'll eat right out... More
Seeing the ancient trees is breathtaking not only from the altitude, but because of their history and beauty. I recommend that you have food and water in your car when traveling into the mountains. This location is remote. Sturdy shoes are also recommended if you are going to hike.
Despite tripadvisor's address putting this site in downtown Bishop, it is located an hour + plus south and east of Bishop. The last 24 miles are twistyturny and get you to 10,000 ft elevation. Absolutely beautiful drive and NO ONE there this time of year. A dusting of snow already there. Several excellent hikes available with interpretive information posted. I... More
My wife and I hiked a small trail from the gorgeous visitor's center and read the remarkable information about these ancient trees and the scientists who studied them. The trail has a some breathtaking views of the valley below.
We did this as a day trip from Bishop. We were surprised at how much we enjoyed it and how interesting it was. We did the 4.5 mile trail which took a couple of hours - wasn't too strenuous but had a few inclines. These Bristlecone pine trees are beautiful and not like your typical forrest pines at all.
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