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Address: Great Basin National Park, NV

Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.

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Oldest living thing on the planet

Who knew that these trees were older than all the other Bristlecone Pines on the planet? Some of the ones that are dying are 7000 years old. We loved this hike and loved that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kathy F
Sherman, Texas
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We are not hikers. The trek up & up & up & up etc., etc., etc..........is on a path that is NOT marked.....at times we were guessing as we were the only ones in the area. You need to be careful with your footing.....in places there is loose rock, stones, etc. that can cause you to slip.....sometimes it is worse... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who knew that these trees were older than all the other Bristlecone Pines on the planet? Some of the ones that are dying are 7000 years old. We loved this hike and loved that, at the top, where the grove is, there is an easy interpretive trail loop that lets visitors really understand these trees. So glad we did not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

It's worth hiking up the hill to see these bristlecone trees - they really are some of the oldest living things around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

This was a great little hike, to see some really old trees. There are great views of the glacier above, and a to get up there too.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Hike here, it's beautiful and informative at the same time. However the hike is not easy. We were there in mid of June, snow was still on ground. It created muddy because some was melting. It made the trail harder. The biggest challenge is the the elevation, 10,000 feet something if I not mistaken. Don't let the elevation discourage you,... More 

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Mesquite, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We wanted to get away from Vegas heat of an expected 110 degree day. We made the short drive up to Mt. Charleston and did the Bristlecone trail. The loop was 6 miles but had a few variations easy to follow medium level hike. Mostly flat but a steady incline. The trail was decently maintained and had good signs at... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is a nice forest trail that reaches an interpretive trail in the Bristlecone pine area. We are always impressed with the survival skills of the Bristlecone pine. The gnarled stumps of old pines have an otherworldly look. Even when it looks as if the tree is dead you will often find an area where new growth continues. The trees... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Recently visited the park and did the Bristle Trail Hike. It may be considered moderate or strenuous, depending on your level of fitness. According to the app on my phone, the altitude on the hike goes up to around 10,400. You've got to hike over 1.5 miles to get to the Bristlecone area, and then there is a short loop... More 

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Toledo, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

Great Basin Park has been on my list for awhile, but its location makes it difficult. After finally getting here it was worth the hard driving. The Bristle-cone Pines are why I wanted to get here, and they were AMAZING! but the park and everything else was worth it alone. We did not enter Lehman caves, But the view from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

It is very rewarding to hike up to these pines and see all of their twisted shapes. It is a very photogenic place. The Park service has put up name plates in certain places explaining about the trees and pointing out some of the oldest ones. It really makes you think about what has transpired during the lives of these... More 

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