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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 North Main St, Bishop, CA 93514
Phone Number: (760) 873-2500
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If you love nature, this place will fill you with wonder

See some of the oldest trees in the world, get in a nice walk (or hike if you take a longer trail). Lots of information at the visitor center and great facilities.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

See some of the oldest trees in the world, get in a nice walk (or hike if you take a longer trail). Lots of information at the visitor center and great facilities.

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New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The drive to get here is a scenic pleasure, take hwy. 168 east 12.5 miles from the town of Big Pine, then turn left onto white mt. rd. and drive till you can't go any further, the paved road ends here at a closed gate, at the gate the visitor center is to the right, though the visitor center was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This drive can be a little scary because you're going WAY up onto the mountain top, but if you drive slowly around the curves (without guard rails) you'll be fine. The trees are really something to see and the views were breath taking! A wonderful thing to do while you're in this part of the world.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The discovery trail (a mile loop from the visitors center parking lot) starts at 10,000 feet and ascends from there. Good info plaques along the way and imagining those trees living for so many years and being so beautiful...WOW.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Driving up to the Bristlecone Pine Forest is a treat in itself. The views are awe inspiring. When we got to the visitors center parking lot, we got ready for the Discovery Trail hike. Take water, a walking stick, a camera and take your time. It's not a race. You can feel the altitude but a slow and stead pace... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We explored the Discovery Trail. At 10,000 ft elevation, it was 20 degrees cooler than in Bishop (something to remember). The trail was well maintained and the informational plaques were so helpful. The views were amazing. How awesome to be in and among 4,000+ year old trees. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

If you like a good vista, this place will blow your mind-hole! Sure the air is thin up there at 14,000 feet but take it slow and drink in that view. It's totally stunning and I can only imagine what it's like during dawn and dusk. It's not only the views that will keep you interested but learning about the... More 

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Helena, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Pines are VERY old and that gives you pause. They are just off a great little motorcycle road to Nevada. Whooping up and down and very curvy and steep. Great ride, great place

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Coquille, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The end of the road to the visitors center was closed in Feb., so we didn't get a good look at the Bristlecones. I'm not sure why since there wasn't a whole lot of snow up there (sad to say). The drive alone was jaw-dropping, but I hope to get back to actually see the pines. The sign did say... More 

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Waddell, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Woah! This trip will take you from 3000 feet to 10,000 feet in nothing flat. So obviously, this is winding road, but not bad at all. The Bristlecone Pines are awesome to see, but for me the view of the Sierra Nevada mountain range was the kicker. Simply stunning. This was a great side trip.

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