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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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Highlight of Hwy 395 drive

Views from white mountain are spectacular. The 12 mile drive up the dirt road is worth it. The twisted trees are very unusual, and the history of the location is worth the drive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Ripon, California
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Ripon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Views from white mountain are spectacular. The 12 mile drive up the dirt road is worth it. The twisted trees are very unusual, and the history of the location is worth the drive.

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tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a most unusual attraction with remarkable and very old trees. There are various trails which you can walk, if you are physically fit. The only caution we would make is that the drive to and from the forest is on an extremely curvy road which winds around the mountain to a height of about 10,000 feet.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best route is 168 east from the town of Big Pine. This road is paved all the way to Schulman Grove. The road is as twisty as the pines you have come to see, but definitely worth the 45 minute drive each way. There is a 6,000 foot ascent with no gas stations or stores on the way, so... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving up the hill from Bishop we were amazed at seeing these awesome, knarly, ancient trees. This side trip was so worth going and I highly recommend the trip.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The amazing Great Basin bristlecone pines are the oldest trees on the planet, some exceeding 4,000 years. Dead trees have been dated as much as 12,000 years ago. The forest is a spectacular drive from Big Pine Creek that takes you up to 11,000 feet in the White Mountains where you can take a short hike on the Discovery Trail... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in Labor day weekend. Weather was 75 degrees during the day which was great. Hiking there was moderate and well worth.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a tree geek and meeting this species of tree has been on my list for quite sometime. California has three major world record species of trees, the Sequoias, Coastal Redwoods, and the Bristle Cone Pines. This last species is the oldest species of trees in the world. A trip into their forest is like stepping into a place... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago 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 August 15, 2016 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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