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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 14 attractions in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Fresno, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is a great day trip if you are staying in Bishop. When you get to the ancient forest there is a visitor center (wasn't open when I got there). There are two trails you can walk, each take a different amount of time to walk. I went here on my way to Las Vegas, it took a little more... More

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Clayton, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was my second trip to the Bristlecone Pine Forest and my first stop at Schulman Grove. last year we went up to Patriarch Grove. The drive from Bishop to Schulman Grove is about an hour traveling at a moderate pace. It's probably another thirty-five to forty-five minutes up to the Patriarch Grove; it's not too far, twelve miles, I... More

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Thoiry, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was my fourth visit to this forest but my first time hiking the Methuselah trail. I had planned this trip to coincide with the sunset at the end of the hike but we were incredibly unlucky in that some high clouds came through all during our stay and the sun was very weak through those clouds. The result was... More

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California
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11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We drive the 395 to Lake Tahoe every year and have started staying the night somewhere on the way to check out the things we just fly past in the car. We did not plan a lot of time here and knew the drive would take awhile as the road winds up the mountain. We did the short hike like... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We thought we could just spend an hour here and that would be enough. We did the short hike and it took almost two hours. Hanging out with these trees was amazing. If I was doing it again, I would budget a whole day, enough time to add the Methuselah hike in and make the extra drive to Patriarch grove.

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Benicia, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

White mountains, ancient trees,fascinating natural history. Get away from yourself and pay your respects to the trees that are older and more important than you will ever be.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The forest is worth the detour. If you ride the road to the end of the tarmac (@13 miles), you will have the opportunity to get one of the best vistas over the Sierra Nevada summits. Amazing. If you carry on to the un-paved road (further 12 miles) you end up the the UC research facility. You have to leave... More

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Georgia
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22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Some of these trees are 4000 years old. That means they were alive when Abraham of the Old Testament was walking on the earth. As far as is known, the oldest living thing(s) in the world are up here.. The oldest is said to be a tree named Methuselah, estimated to be be nearly 5000 years old. The authorities wisely... More

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Costa Mesa, Ca, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We drove all the way on paved roads to the new station. The drive was spectacular and ended at the entrance to Patriarch Grove. A short movie is available to give a good background as to the history of the ancient trees. The station is well stocked with information about the area and rangers give lectures and answer questions on... More

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Roseville, California
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3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The west coast of California has the redwoods and the western Sierra Nevada area may have the Giant Sequoias, but Bishop, CA has the oldest trees in existence - the Bristlecone Pines (Pinus longaeva). Located in the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest, they are over 4000 years old and are located at the end of a drive up... More

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