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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
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+1 760-873-2500

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Great drive and fun trails to hike!

I love this place, worth the drive in on the 168, be careful where the road closes down to one lane, especially when snow covered! Great staff, very interesting history of the... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

I love this place, worth the drive in on the 168, be careful where the road closes down to one lane, especially when snow covered! Great staff, very interesting history of the area and the trees, cool! Watch for the Hawks when hiking, if you are lucky you will see one in one of the 2000 year old trees and... More 

1 Thank glenn20142015
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98 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

It took a little ling drive to get to the site, and it started snowing really badly by the time we got up (early May it was...). In the same time it was a great feeling to see the ancient living trees on this earth. Makes you wonder when you stand there, what an amazing history (3000-5000 years!!!!) there is.... More 

2 Thank Renata N
La Habra, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This fabulous site makes one feel as though we really are on this planet for a short time. The visitor center in large and accommodating. It has a video about the history of the area and the ancient trees. There are short and long hiking paths to explore and there are bathrooms for those of us who need them ;-)

2 Thank Bridget R
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We visited over a year ago and the ancient forest is still fresh in mind. In March there were areas that had patches of snow which we avoided. We walked along the easier trail which was informative. The way the trees stand are something so unusual and to think how old these formations are is just awesome! This is an... More 

4 Thank Faryz1
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

We unexpectedly went to this forest. Trees here are 3000-4000 years old. The hike we took (1.5 miles) was not too hard even for our 5 year old. There is another 4-5 miles hike (which I would've loved if time permitted). Overall, it was not crowded and I felt spiritual being among the living things that stood the test of... More 

2 Thank krisk74
Bear Valley Springs
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

It's a steep road to the top and the newer visitors center is worth a visit. There's lots of hiking to do, but come prepared for cool weather. You're up over 10000 feet, and the thin air can be an issue. Bring a sweatshirt or coat, even in the hot summer, as the temps up there can be chilly. A... More 

3 Thank Bryan F
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

California has the tallest (coastal redwoods), biggest (giant sequoia), and oldest (ancient bristlecones pines) trees in the world. One of the gems in the state is the corridor know as the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. To the East, along the Nevada border, are the White mountains. They are in the rain shadow of the Sierras which give... More 

2 Thank Gary F
San Jose, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Great experience to see the high sierra and the old living plants on earth. If you want to see both groves expect to spend all day here. Travel from Bishop is easy but does take an hour to get to the visitor center. From visitor center to the patriarch grove is another 45 minutes to hour. The Medusa trail is... More 

2 Thank subica
Bishop, California
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Always good place to visit and explore. Visitor Center is nice and staff are locals. High elevation for those who can tolerate it. We love the serenity of the day use picnic spots.

1 Thank J L
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650 reviews
282 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

This has been on my bucket list for years. The realization did not let me down, The self guided trail and the solitude made it a unique experience. A couple of caveats: 1. it can be very windy and cold up there; 2. it can take an hour from the main road to get there; 3. it is at about... More 

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