Just outside of Big Pine California on route 395 is the road (CA-168 East) to the Schulman Grove of Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees.Travel 20 minutes (13 miles) on CA-168 then turn left onto White Mountain Road for another 20 minutes to a parking lot.Pit Toilets. Visitor center is staffed 7 days a week from mid June to end of Sept/ ?Oct. Call 760-873-2500 option #2 for recorded current road conditions and visitor center hours.A short (1 mile) paved trail well suited for families is just behind the Visitor Center. Limited camping/RV sites Grandview Campground 3 miles south of VC. Bring water. High altitude so walk slowly.No gas or food available.Get gas in Big Pine. Amazing photographic experience.Make sure you allow enough time to do the drive on a curving mountain road and then walk 1-2 hours on the shorter Discovery Trail 1 mile loop.(10,000 feet) For the more adventurous further up the road by car (9 miles by dirt road) is the Patriarch Grove which has the world's largest BCP tree. Ask about the road conditions up to Patriarch Grove. I did it years ago in a rented car but was not sure I would drive it this year in my own vehicle. The huge snowfall had the PG road closed in June 2011 so it was not an option. The Ancient BCF is well worth considering seeing...there is no other place in the world to get up close and personal so easily with these ancient living things.. .just allow enough time so you are not rushed on the drive or walk. And lastly have gas, water, food and a fully charged battery and empty memory card for your camera. This will be an adventure. Have fun.
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