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“Worth The Drive”

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Spectacular. Ranger very knowledgeable. Ask them what happened to the oldest living tree...it will surprise some people. High elevation (10,0000 feet), so should be in average to good shape for some of the hikes. Have water, sunscreen, hats.There are three nature trails with a self-guided nature trail. Amazing views on journey to the Forest. Well worth the journey to visit our long living co-inhabitants. $5.00 parking fee. Also has picnic area.

1  Thank clanmcd
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

was a lot of fun learned a lot and saw good views. can not wait to go back. try it at least one time. Open all year around. People in Big Pine are nice. Rossie' Steak house good.

2  Thank Mary R
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest was a real treat. The trees are phenomenal, and the Patriarch Grove is well worth the 12 extra scenic miles to a wonderfully chilly, in August, 11,000+ feet. You don't want to miss this if you're on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The Methusaleh Trail is a wonderful introduction to these trees. It's 4 miles, but a cut-off shortens it, and leads you back through an old gold mine area. The Visitor Center, destroyed in an arson fire a few years ago, was still closed in June but was to open shortly. Don't forget water!!!

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I have visited this ancient grove of trees half a dozen times and I always enjoy it. The road to the first grove is paved all the way. If you can, take the good dirt road to the Patriarch Grove too. It is nice and wide until just the last 1/2 mile, where it gets a bit rocky but is still navigable to passenger cars. At the first grove, Schulman, if you are short on time, take the shorter Discovery trail. It passes by some of the oldest and gnarliest trees you will ever see. At the Patriach Grove, you will find an even starker landscape, with gnarlier trees. When you are there, take the short trail east to the top of the peak for a 360 degree panoramic view. You can see down into Nevada from there. You can find some of my photos on my facebook page facebook.com/RodneyNinowPhotography

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