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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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Worth it!

It took some time to negotiate the curvy road, but totally worth it. We started out on the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maria R
via mobile
40 Years Later--still amazing

I took a road trip in September and due to the snow chose to go to the Bristlecone forest for the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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“visitor center” (79 reviews)
“patriarch grove” (38 reviews)
“discovery trail” (38 reviews)
798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
+1 760-873-2500
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 3 days ago

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

Thank Pattym51
Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like roller coaster drives this trip is worth it just for the road up to the forest. The 20 some mile drive from 395 has tight turns and big dips....not advised for RVs or those towing or those who get car sick. The...More

Thank phxchica127
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this trip exceptionally fascinating and fun. We camped nearby in forested dry campground and hiked both groves over 2 day trip. Highly recommend to all, however be aware this location is in high altitude and some individuals may not be able to do longer...More

Thank 102wpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in the area do not miss this place. It's about 26 miles from Big Pine, CA, and about half the road is steep and winding, but it is paved all the way to the visitors center which is above ten thousand feet. Seeing...More

Thank J M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After spending a week in June Lake, hiking through parts of Yosemite, Bodie, Mono Lake, the Travertine Hot Springs and Mammoth, we ended our week long vacation with a hike through the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. What a awesome experience, and one this long time Tree...More

Thank JaneceHerrington44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful places I have seen the age of the trees is mind boggling the reified atmosphere may affect some but we saw old old trees and white tail deer the place is not busy at all if you are...More

Thank fieldarcher
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing ancient trees. This is an area my husband has wanted to visit for a very long time and we were not disappointed. We did the 4.5 mi loop hike and loved seeing the groves of ancient trees!

Thank Anita S
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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
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