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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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Victorville, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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Fair Oaks, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

On a recent road trip in the eastern Sierras we visited this marvelous place in the White Mountains in Inyo National Forest. On a stark mountain top are the oldest trees on earth. They grow in the poor dolomite soil at elevations of 9000 to 11,000 feet. Their roots are shallow and trunks gnarled. The oldest tree in the forest... More

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Newhall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

About an hour away from Bishop there is a place at 8,000 feet altitude called the "Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest". Absolutely fascinating place with what are the oldest trees on earth. There is a new visitor center with very helpful rangers who give explanations and a 19 minute movie about the trees. Not to be missed!

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New York State
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The road up the mountain is in good shape, but it is very windy with a lot of sheer drop offs. When you get to the top it is a fantastic view of rolling hills/mountains and the ancient trees which look like they could be in a Dr. Seuss book illustration. We're very glad we went; but I couldn't do... More

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United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Sorry to give this a low rating, bur driving to the bristlecones canno compare to hiking in. If you can't hike, then this might be your only chance to see them, so do it.

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Garden Grove, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Had an overnight stay in Big Pine and decided to check this out first thing in the morning. It's about 25 miles away but much of the trip covers curves with a 6% to 8% grade. In parts the road reminded me of a rollercoaster track, After entering the park, I drove a couple of miles to the Vista Point.... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We loved the views and trees, couldn't do any walks because of a walking disability and a fear of heights. We wished we could as the area was lovely.

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