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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Beautiful Trees, Beautiful Drive

This as a long drive from US395 and CA168 east. The highway has about 6000-7000 feet of elevation... read more

Reviewed today
Michael L
Truly amazing!

It's hard to imaging these trees can be up to 5000 years old, the oldest living things on earth... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Paradise, California
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798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
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Reviewed today

This as a long drive from US395 and CA168 east. The highway has about 6000-7000 feet of elevation gain and is curved and narrow along the way. So be prepared as there are no services along CA168 after you turn off US395. There is a...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's hard to imaging these trees can be up to 5000 years old, the oldest living things on earth. It' a long drive up into the White Mountains and the a little hiking around but for me it's worth the trip. Great for photography especially...More

Thank twallis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We’ve been wanting to do this years..so as luck would have it, our planned trip up the mountain happened to fall on the last day of the season the visitor center.. the drive was spectacular (albeit step and curvy), the scenery was awesome and the...More

1  Thank Jay O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience. So beautiful. The drive is a little windy but well worth the trip. Incredible vistas of the Sierra Nevadas. A very lovely and informative visitors center manned by a staff of very knowledgeable friendly and helpful park rangers. A beautiful setting...More

Thank al10502018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked the four mile trail around the forest. The park ranger gave us a pamphlet with interesting facts about marked trees along the trail. Would definitely recommend the trail. Also would suggest wearing hiking boots as trail is dusty. The park rangers were so...More

Thank WC_trekker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a harrowing place to reach by car. A long long long windy drive on a sometimes narrow road. But once at the top, the views are unrivaled and the visitor center/forest are incredibly interesting. The location is at 10,000 feet elevation and the...More

1  Thank CMR01
Reviewed 8 October 2018

The drive up from Big Pine is absolutely fantastic - and great fun on a motorcycle. The park is very nicely done, with a great visitors center, and a number of hiking options. Even the short "discovery trail" is amazing - and in its own...More

Thank delfhedde
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Bristlecone Pine Forest is amazing. It's about an hour drive from Bishop. The park is at about 10,000 ft. and the trees are nearly 5,000 years old. The oldest trees on earth! There is a nice visitors center and pit toilets.

2  Thank BluRavdriver
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

This is something that ultimately has to be on your to do list in the eastern Sierra. The views up the road are extraordinary and the forest is beautiful.

1  Thank jennsantel
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

42 minutes drive from Big Pine up a windy road the Ancient Bristlepine forest provides the opportunity to either do a Discovery Trsil walk of Bout an hour or a longer one that could take much longer. Either way, the scenery is spectacular.

Thank Judy D
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Diane D
6 October 2018|
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Response from Judy L | Reviewed this property |
I had to look at my pictures that we took while picnicking at the Visitor's Center. There are some in the area, although they are not as old as some on the trail. There are also baby ones that have been planted recently. The... More
Titika W
18 June 2018|
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Response from igor5959 |
Uhh, not sure what these people are talking about re: road to Barcroft Gate. 16 miles of some of the worst road, sharp rocks I've been on. I have a high clearance Tundra and you are rolling the dice with a passenger car. I... More
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