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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
+1 760-873-2500
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Lovely and unusual beauty to see

My husband knows that I like to see twisted trees (I think Mother Nature becomes artistic) so he... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Crystal G
Largo, Florida
Bucket List check-off!

For the botanist in our party it was a dream come true. For the others it was a great short one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
+1 760-873-2500
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband knows that I like to see twisted trees (I think Mother Nature becomes artistic) so he brought me here. Also some of the trail might have been much for my short legs the sights were indeed worth it! Do yourself a favor and...More

Thank Crystal G
Reviewed 1 week ago

For the botanist in our party it was a dream come true. For the others it was a great short one mile path in a beautiful area with great views of the Sierra mountains. The Bristlecone pines are ancient and the National Forest personnel are...More

Thank Chicagoehc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely drive up into the mountains, had a picnic at the lovely visitors centre. Didn't walk as altitude was too high for my broken heart! Chilly, wear long pants and jackets. Was lovely to see the fabulous bristlecones.

Thank rosielamb
Reviewed 1 week ago

if these trees could talk imagine what they can share with us the things they have seen in their lifetime! it humbles one to know there are living things around us who's been around a lot longer..this place is a must visit if you like...More

Thank 777JeffA777
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been fascinated by Bristlecone Pines and it was great to camp at the Grandview Campground in the Inyo Forest. The Schulman Grove Visitor Center open on the Memorial Day holiday - thank you

Thank kris s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the White Mountains (don't worry, these mountains are just across the valley from their more famous siblings, the Sierras), the Bristlecone Pine Forest is simply amazing! Considered the oldest living trees on earth (4,000 + years old) these really pines look their extreme...More

1  Thank stevensE8641XY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great moderate hike that is worth every step. I took more photos on this hike than I had one the entire trip. The Ancient Bristlecone Trees and views were unbelievable. Before the hike, I talked with two rangers who were gearing up...More

Thank maturefemaletraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of our drives on a 2 month road trip, and it is one of our favorite places so far. The drive up takes at least an hour, but the views of the Sierra Mts and lovely wildflowers kept us entertained. The visitor...More

Thank Phyllisblower
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The sight of the 4000-year old Bristlecone pines is truly humbling and emotional. Gnarled and twisted, they just keep quietly existing, seemingly forever, on their remote 9000-10,000 feet elevation hideout. Other trees cannot prosper in these harsh conditions so the pines have little competition. Their...More

Thank Ruth5757
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This should be on everyone's bucket list (but don't all go at once!). It is a little bit of a drive from Bishop CA but worth the trip in any season. There are some of the oldest trees on earth in this protected area. Photographers...More

Thank Hiker-7
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Stacey W
Is there an accessible road from Yosemite in summer? Google maps suggesting a loop taking 7 hours . . . Is that because it's winter and roads are closed.. or is there simply no road there. Many thanks
18 March 2017|
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Response from dianap-10 | Reviewed this property |
The road from Yosemite is through Tioga pass and then through Bishop to Lone Pine. It is a 45 minute drive from Lone Pine to the Bristlecone pine forest. It would be a very long drive but not as long as 7 hours. I would... More
I want to plan a trip which includes visiting the Bristlecone pines and the Redwood forest. Can you map out a route either east to west or west to east? We are coming from Las Vegas Nevada and would like to camp at least part of the time.
7 March 2017|
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Response from 707clayg | Reviewed this property |
See above for directions to the Bristl Pines. Hope you enjoy them. The Redwoods cover a lot of area and are you talking Mountain or Coastal Redwoods? Best Mountain Redwoods are between Bakersfield and Fresno. You can... More
If I am coming with non campers, what are closest accommodations w indoor plumbing?
30 January 2017|
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Response from glenn20142015 | Reviewed this property |
I would stay in Big Pine, the 168 is right on the edge of town, good places to stay in town, Best Western, Bristlecone Manor Inn are two that are decent. Plenty of places to eat and I would recommend a side trip to CARMA... More