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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
Phone Number: (760) 873-2500
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Amazing! Oldest trees in the world!!

We could not do the loop to methuselah, but we did the short loop. Very well signed and the interpretative signs were great. The people at the visitor center were informative... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We could not do the loop to methuselah, but we did the short loop. Very well signed and the interpretative signs were great. The people at the visitor center were informative and very friendly. We loved the road, the loop and the visitor center. Great day!

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Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It seems to be a little less of an attraction here but it was truly one of our highlights. We read the reviews and, due to time restrictions, chose the shorter, one mile trail. The trees are ancient and stunning. The trail only took an hour because we stopped every 2 minutes to take another photo! Chipmunks ran around. And... More 

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East Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a long drive, but the views are amazing everywhere. The stars of the trip are gnarled and half dead looking. You'll look that way too if you forget the altitude. Take it very easy if you haven't adjusted. Another reason to turn off the main highway

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Thank Dore W
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive up the mountain is beautiful and the view from the top is incredible. Witnessing the Bristlecone Pines that are over 4,000 year old with their twisted trunks of beautifully colored wood makes the drive definitely worthwhile.

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Agoura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, the drive, you go from 3500 feet to over 10000 feet in 24 miles, expect a lot of switchbacks, but after all you are going up a big mountain. Takes about 45 mins, I have driven many more roads, that have more scary turns, in both Tahoe and the So Cal mountains. So pay attention on your drive up... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It takes a while to get here, but I am so glad we went. We didn't go past the visitor center after being told by the ranger that the 10 miles to the Patriarch Grove would take an hour but our hole around the Methuselah trail was memorable and incredibly scenic. I had some concerns about my fitness for a... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful experience; excellent personnel on duty. Trails are well-marked with explanatory brochure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The altitude here killed me. I knew I would be winded at this height but the Discovery Trail was labeled "easy". Maybe at sea level it would be but I was gasping for breath! It had an elevation gain of 300 ft on the first half of the trail. The remainder was downhill. Most of the benches are placed on... More 

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking through this ancient forest is life-changing. I was completely in awe and humbled to be near the oldest living organisms on earth—the bristle cone pine trees. The gnarled and twisted shapes are so visually interesting and a testament to the resilience and potential of LIFE through perseverance against adversity. O.k., that might sound cheesy, but it is an experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did the 1.2 mile trail from Schulman Grove. Had a family of five with boys ages 16, 13, and 11. No problem with the hike. Beautiful and incredible to see these majestic trees. Visitor Center is nice with small gift shop, movie, exhibits, and friendly staff.

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