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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Bishop
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Ancient Pine trees, shapes & sizes you'll never see anywhere else. Mainly sightseeing for hikers and History Buffs. Beautiful Panoramic Views of the High Sierra Mountain Range. All you need is a pair of hiking boots, Picnic Basket and a Bottle of Wine to enjoy the Bristlecone Pines. (Oh, don't forget some nuts for the squirrels, they'll eat right out of your hand)...

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Seeing the ancient trees is breathtaking not only from the altitude, but because of their history and beauty.

I recommend that you have food and water in your car when traveling into the mountains. This location is remote.

Sturdy shoes are also recommended if you are going to hike.

2  Thank Maxlent
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Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

Despite tripadvisor's address putting this site in downtown Bishop, it is located an hour + plus south and east of Bishop. The last 24 miles are twistyturny and get you to 10,000 ft elevation. Absolutely beautiful drive and NO ONE there this time of year. A dusting of snow already there. Several excellent hikes available with interpretive information posted. I was blessed with the setting sun behind the sierras and the moon rise over the bristle cone pines. The temp dropped from 58 to 28 fairly quickly. Fortunately the road is easily managed at night. An excellent California experience.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I hiked a small trail from the gorgeous visitor's center and read the remarkable information about these ancient trees and the scientists who studied them. The trail has a some breathtaking views of the valley below.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We did this as a day trip from Bishop. We were surprised at how much we enjoyed it and how interesting it was. We did the 4.5 mile trail which took a couple of hours - wasn't too strenuous but had a few inclines. These Bristlecone pine trees are beautiful and not like your typical forrest pines at all.

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