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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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Interesting trees!!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2016
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank xsoccer1
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Joe R
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Mozou-Kozou
Mesquite, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank juanbD9374OD
Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank ALT44
Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank Kathy T
Toledo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars 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 

3 Thank Steve C
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5 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank earthgirlDenver
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This 4.6 mile round trip hike is in two parts and combines two very different trail experiences. The oldest trees on the planet and a glacier in a “great basin” in Nevada. Who knew? The first part is through pine forest and includes the bristlecone interpretive trail loop. This part of the hike is wooded and while the path is... More 

3 Thank Davis K
Boulder City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The trail markers are a bit deceptive, some say it is 2.8 miles one-way and others say 2.8 round-trip to the bristlecones, we went out to the Glacier and back in 4.6 miles. Great signage at the bristlecone interpretive trail. Not many people on the trail, so it was peaceful.

2 Thank GeneD1959

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