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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 13 attractions in Bishop
Type: Forests
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Palm Desert, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a forest containing the oldest organisms in the world. They are not the biggest or tallest trees, but they are thousands of years old, which is amazing.

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Narva, Estonia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The visitor center is located some 24 miles from the route 395, and the road is winding and sometimes very narrow. The road is closed for the last 2 miles in winter and in early spring, so you have to hike up the mountain if you want to make it for the visitor center (which is closed in off-season). The... More

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Gold Point, NV
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The oldest trees. Visitors have been respectful and you don't see litter. The air is fresh and clean.

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Ramona, Ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

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

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Hesperia, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

it was wonderful and relaxing, the colors of the trees were amazing it is picturesque, breathtaking and absolutely a joy to take all that beauty it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

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

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Bishop, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

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

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Bishop, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

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

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Rochester, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

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.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

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

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