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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 North Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514
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Amazing views

Amazing views, and more amazing views, drive slow, take some amazing pictures and breathe in that delicious crash mountain air! The mountains are calling, and I must go!! Cheers!

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views, and more amazing views, drive slow, take some amazing pictures and breathe in that delicious crash mountain air! The mountains are calling, and I must go!! Cheers!

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Arcadia, California
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ancient bristlecone forest is a must see for tourists on their way to mammoth The age of these trees is a wonderful sight and the way they are preserved The drive upto the the forest is not accessible during the winter time The scenery of the eastern sierras is awesome

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1 Thank Abdul S
Binghamton, New York
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78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest was a bucket list item for me, and it did not disappoint. Being among these ancient beauties was so worth the sickness-inducing drive to get there. Plan to take your time while you admire each of the thousands year old trees. A couple cautions - wear the proper hiking shoes, this is not a... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

This place is a bit off the beaten track, but it is interesting and lovely. You drive very high up and get some great views of the Eastern Sierras and toward Death Valley. There is a nice camping area and hikes to take. We were unable to visit the Visitor Center as it was closed for the season. I plan... More 

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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This was a gorgeous drive, and we did get to see some bristlecone pines near the entrance, but the snow level's were so crazy, we would have had to hike 8 miles in the snow to get to the trail head. Will def be back for a try in the dry season!

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1 Thank stormiecmt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

A bit out of the way, but very worth the drive. Our tour guide was a long-time science teacher, and had done these tours for years. Never knew bristlecones could be so interesting...! Took the short trail....if you go the longer one to see Methuselah, it could take a couple of hours.

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San Diego, California
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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 

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1 Thank glenn20142015
Monterey
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98 reviews
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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 

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La Habra, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 ;-)

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 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 

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