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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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Must experience once! Bucket list!

It was on my bucket list to hug a bristlecone pine tree, and I finally got to do it. The shorter... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Linda N
November visit

We went to Bristlecone in this past weekend - middle of November, 2017. It was beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Los Angeles, California
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“visitor center” (80 reviews)
“patriarch grove” (38 reviews)
“discovery trail” (39 reviews)
798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
+1 760-873-2500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was on my bucket list to hug a bristlecone pine tree, and I finally got to do it. The shorter loop is only 1 mile but it was pretty tough for us at such high elevation (above 10,000 ft) as we came from sea...More

Thank Linda N
Reviewed 13 November 2017

We went to Bristlecone in this past weekend - middle of November, 2017. It was beautiful and interesting. The trails are really well marked. The visitor center is closed for the season, but we were very pleased that the pit toilets were open, clean and...More

1  Thank lkahrs
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Hiking up high was wonderful and we brought in some water. Bring a camera, sunscreen and a good attitude, Notice how the soil is? Any guesses on its composition? Hiking in the shadows of giant trees was wonderful and was a great date/get to know...More

Thank India C
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Given the marvels of Yosemite and the sequoia tree you could be forgiven from never having heard of this hidden gem and for excluding it from your list. The only reason that we visited was down to the knowledge of our friend who is a...More

1  Thank Philip_Marsh
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The ancient bristlecone pines are the oldest known trees in the world. Some as old as 4,850 years. Its well worth the 1 hour long drive up the windy steep road. Take care and don't drive to fast and you will be fine. To see...More

1  Thank Barry and Nicol... G
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This place is a totally hidden gem. You have to drive a long steep and curvy road to reach the place. Fantastic views of these ancient trees and the area. As this is a pretty high altitude area wear warm clothes. No running water at...More

1  Thank Morten L
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

It took some time to negotiate the curvy road, but totally worth it. We started out on the discovery trail and were enthralled. Therefore, we also hiked the Methuselah. The description mentioned 2-3 hours. However, it took us closer to 4 hours, with resting, taking...More

Thank Maria R
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I took a road trip in September and due to the snow chose to go to the Bristlecone forest for the 2nd time in 40 years. I had forgotten about the drive! Wow the road is really scary--I was sure my life was over! This...More

3  Thank Pattym51
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely stunning trees, great visitor center, and scariest road ever! Ok, so if we had been driving a Z3 roadster, instead of our 24 ft motorhome (under the 30ft limit), it likely wouldn’t have been as scary. But we really wanted to see the forest...More

Thank Smiles2go
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Only have time to take the Discover trail, though I want to see the oldest living tree Methuselah which has lived for 4773 years. Of course the location is not disclosed in order to protect the tree. I feel very much humbled in front of...More

Thank jianzhang601
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15 January 2018|
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Response from Cali4niahiker | Reviewed this property |
The ranger station is not open in January. I very much doubt that the road is open in January, due to snow and or ice. I drive in Yosemite a lot. I know that even if there is no snow on the road in winter, they still keep... More
19 July 2017|
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Response from Renata N | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I think it is weather dependent when can you go in. They intend to close the roads upon snow etc. We went on the first week of may and drove into massive snowfall. Ren
Stacey W
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