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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

798 North Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-2500
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I did not know these marvels existed until I saw bristlecone pine referred to on some informational signs in Sequoia where CA outshines the world with the tallest trees (Redwoods), largest volume(Sequoia) and the oldest (Bristlecone pine). I found the national forest in our travel book, 25 miles outside of Big Pine, CA and we wouldn't have missed it for... More

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cotw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The drive to the forest and visitor centre is wonderful in itself. The three walks offered at the centre are clearly marked. We only did the 1 mile discovery, which for two 'mature' and time limited people was more than enough, but would have tackled the others if we had had time, as there was ample places along the walk... More

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

How could you not want to see this? The road there is undulating, so if you get motion sickness, be aware.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I' ve just been driving through on the way tp Death Valley and saw a sign on the road leading up the white mountains. Ended up at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center and could not believe how beautiful these ancient trees are. It would have been worth planning my holidays just for going there and miss everything else. So strange... More

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

For many years my family and I have driven past the exit to the Bristlecone Pine Forest on our way to winter ski trips to Mammoth. This year we decided to go out of our way and visit this site during the summer. We were not disappointed. The drive up to the forest in the White Mountains is beautiful and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It is very humbling to be among the living oldest trees in the world. Plan a half day minimum for your visit (we did the Discovery Trail which is the shortest but still has wonderfully scenic areas), take Dramamine, your camera, water, $6 cash per car and GO!

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Victorville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The first time I visited I was a young girl and we drove up the Silver Canyon 4wd road - I will never forget that adventure. I have come back many times on my own and as recently as May 2014 to show my young son the ancient trees. I climbed White Mountain Peak on one of the trips -... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must see if in the area. Ancient 4000 plus year old trees only grown in these high altitudes. A new visitor center available to visit and learn about how these trees have survived and continue their magnificent growth as you are able to walk a loop around the area. We took at least a three hour hike... More

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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Spectacular views. Enthusiastic Ranger talk very informative and added to our appreciation of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree Forest. The trails will add to your admiration of these hearty 2000+ year old trees.

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Orange, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I have driven past the sign for the bristlecone forest numerous times and always reminded myself to visit it one day. My wife and I made the trek and are so glad we did. From Bishop I would allow an hour each direction to the main visitor center. You can hike as little or as much as you want, but... More

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