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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 the drive.

A unique venue in the US. It was a tough walk at 10,000 feet but you won't find these trees... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richard R
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Mukilteo, Washington
Open in winter

We visited the Ancient Bristlecone Forest today. What a trip! Half the adventure is just getting... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
DeeAnnVisk
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Poway, California
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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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Reviewed yesterday

A unique venue in the US. It was a tough walk at 10,000 feet but you won't find these trees anywhere else.

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We visited the Ancient Bristlecone Forest today. What a trip! Half the adventure is just getting there. The winding mountain road needs to be driven at about 30 MPH with a one lane section between rock walls for about 200 yards. Our regular old car...More

9  Thank DeeAnnVisk
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

We went to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Slow, long drive up with windy rides, but beautiful scenery along the way. They say there is a Tree here that has been here before Jesus was born. However they won’t tell you which tree. The...More

1  Thank Marsha A
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Just fantastic!! What a scenery! What a beautiful trees and what a great experience! Yes you need to adjust to the height, but once you’re over that, this is amazing! (And I wish I could show you the pictures but the app doesn’t show them...More

Thank Ikmarc
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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
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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

2  Thank lkahrs
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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

1  Thank India C
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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

2  Thank Philip_Marsh
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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
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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
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nleos96
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
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Maggie077
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
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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
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