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Bristlecone Trails

Great Basin National Park, NV
+1 775-234-7331
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We attempted the Bristlecone Trail late May-early June 2016.

If we had waited until July/August we could probably have completed the trail. Unlike the trails at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taylorsville NC, United States
Old Trees

We hiked this via the Lehman Trail as the road to the upper campground was closed due to snow. The... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Rodney B
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Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Great Basin National Park, NV
+1 775-234-7331
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If we had waited until July/August we could probably have completed the trail. Unlike the trails at home in NC, Bristlecone Trail is marked on the ground, which was covered with snow up to the top of our boots when we began. As we proceeded,...More

Thank A2506LZjamesm
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We hiked this via the Lehman Trail as the road to the upper campground was closed due to snow. The trail was also snow covered, but it's a fairly short hike of 3 miles round trip. It gradually climbs up to a small bristlecone pine...More

Thank Rodney B
Reviewed 14 September 2017

A very tough hike for old out of shape people but well worth it. Seeing 3000 year old trees growing in a glacier rock field was amazing. Some of these trees are older than the pyramids.

Thank thibbs1955
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This trail can be combined with the Glacier Trail. Together they are about 6 miles round trip. Once you get to the Bristlecone Forest, the glacier is not too much further. The signage at the Bristlecone Forest is great and extremely informative. The trees are...More

Thank dremmettdc
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

There are no roads in proximity to the Bristlecone trees - if you want to see them up close and personal you must hike. This is not the easy walk in the woods some would have you to believe (< 3 miles round trip). The...More

Thank VillagerRick
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

This trail is quite rough. There are a lot of rocks, small and large. And there are a lot of roots from the trees. The increase in elevation is around 600 feet per the ranger. But that is over 1.4 miles. I wore walking shoes....More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful hike to the gnarly old pines and even beyond to the glacier. About a three hour round trip over a well marked trail. There was no snow on the trail up to the bristlecones. There was some snow beyond but nothing...More

Thank sp4301
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

I'll admit. This was a harder and longer hike than I had anticipated and we did not wear the right shoes. Wear sturdy shoes! Plan several (3-4) hours. The brochure says it increases 600 feet but it sure seemed like a lot. Also, I had...More

Thank jjn50x50
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We came to Great Basin National Park to hike the Bristlecone trail. I knew the trail would have patches of snow since the elevation is 10,000+, but I never dreamed that we would be hiking in shin high (or even higher) snow. We found the...More

Thank Viajera172705
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The trail is well marked with descriptions of the bristlecone pines. It was nice and cool Labor Day weekend.

Thank Lawito
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