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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 North Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514
Phone Number: (760) 873-2500
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A great first stop on a loop

If you like hiking this is worth half a day . USA oldest trees. We did a loop Bristlecone pine forest .Devils postpone, Mammoth lakes , Mono lake, Bodie ghost town , and then... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like hiking this is worth half a day . USA oldest trees. We did a loop Bristlecone pine forest .Devils postpone, Mammoth lakes , Mono lake, Bodie ghost town , and then Tioga pass and Yosemite high country . This is 4-5 days and is a delight in early summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The ancient bristlecone pines are magical trees that seem to whisper, "take your time" as you walk amongst them. Slowing down to breathe in the clean air and take in the rugged shapes of the trees is a welcome counterbalance to the blur of urban life. The drive up the mountain to visit them is a beautiful journey in itself.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

One of the most unique places I have ever been! In the White Mountains of the Inyo range, across the 395 from the craggy, stunning Eastern Sierra, a wonder of nature awaits. After spending a week hiking in the Sierra and Yosemite, I thought that nothing else in the outdoors could 'wow' me like those locations had...and then I visited... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I thought we'd never get there, the road winding along for miles, rising to over 10'000ft, but the views were great. Once you get there it is awesome. These trees are so beautiful, so ancient, so absolutely stunning. If you are a photogrpher do go, it is very photogenic !

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Bishop, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have made the wild and fun ride to the top of the Whites to visit the Bristlecone Pines since I was a child...and I am in my 60s. It is a must do. The vistas are amazing, the road is good, and to see and touch these ancient members of our environment is incredible. the view is phenomenal all... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This was a trip of a lifetime for me, a check off my bucket list to visit the Ancient trees. The four mile hike was stunning, even on a cold day. I recommend spending an entire day to visit all the trails and head up to the Patriarch tree as well. The four mile hike takes about 3 hours to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The drive to the Bristlecone Pine Forest is spectacular! The view of the entire valley is breathtaking! The visitor center is very interesting and the trails to visit these ancient trees is well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Well worth the out of the way drive to see these ancient trees. What stories they could tell. This is out of the way and the drive is through winding mountain roads. We stayed into the darkness to photograph the trees by moonlight. The experience was incredible. Take time to visit this area.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Being among the oldest living things on earth is an amazing experience--and beautiful as well. This is not to miss if you are in the area- but bring some snacks and water, there's no snack bar here!

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Where else can you see a 4000 to 5000 year trees that are still standing tall? Highly recommended although it is a little out of ways. Definitely go to the Patriarch Grove if you have a vehicle that can take a few miles of unpaved road. Pristine landscapes, clean air, beautiful night skies, and crowd free.

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