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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 forest to make you feel young and cool

If you have any interest in trees or the art of dendrochronology this forest is well worth the long winding climb up the mountain to see the unbelievably old and often ugly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The trees are great, don't get me wrong. But only 30 minutes worth of reading and photographs. Elevation: 11,200 ft, so if you have any issues beware! Seniors beware! Might want to have oxygen available. Drive: There are 2 VERY different drives to get here. An easy one any car can drive, via the Ranger Station. The other is a... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have any interest in trees or the art of dendrochronology this forest is well worth the long winding climb up the mountain to see the unbelievably old and often ugly bristle cone pines. The visitor center offers a challenge of matching cones to pine names and sections of year rings and a 20 minute movie of how dating... More 

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Redwood City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest on our way back from Zion to the Bay Area. It added an extra 1.5 hours to the drive vs driving through Barstow. The drive there from Las Vegas was pretty remote. I would hate to have car trouble out there! We got there on July 4th at 7am. We were... More 

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Lafaye
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are in the area this is a must see nature wonder. Trees over 2,000 years old. It is a bit of a drive, but you can't beat the views. Rangers are friendly and helpful.

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved visiting this site. I have read about the Bristlecone Pines for years and finally managed to squeeze in a trip there. It was well worth the effort and I want to return next year to spend more time. PROs:. Great scenery. Unique and world-wide famous Bristlecone Pines. Brand new visitor center. Nice trails to see the pines. Lots... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove up here en route to Lee Vining and watched the 20 minute video in the visitor center, then walked the 1 mile loop to see the trees firsthand. I've also hiked the 5 mile loop, which is gorgeous, if you have the time - bear in mind that it is at 10,000 feet elevation and can be hot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place to visit which includes amazing views but is also an educational view of these beautiful trees. The drive is a good 35+ minutes or so from the highway and is well worth it. At the end of the paved road is a beautiful visitor center which includes historical facts about the trees and the rangers... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive up to Patriarch Grove was tough, but worth it. The stars were great! Don't try on your first day - 11,000 foot elevation is no joke

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just want to post this because the official Forest Service website says "The road to the Patriarch Grove is not paved from Schulman Grove (12 miles) and can be a bit wash boardy at times: not recommended for light passenger vehicles." I was hoping to find reviews from others to help me decide whether to take my 8 year... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Picture these ancient (4000+ years) trees sitting, isolated, on the top-covered high mountains from the White Mountains range (14000ft+, almost as high as mount Whitney). Slowly growing ultra-resistant wood to cope with the cold, and leaving in dolomite stone that no other species can withstand. This is Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest, with trees that will give you a lasting impression... More 

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