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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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Camp and hike

Found this trip exceptionally fascinating and fun. We camped nearby in forested dry campground and... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Torrance, California
via mobile
Worth the drive

If you're in the area do not miss this place. It's about 26 miles from Big Pine, CA, and about half... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
north carolina
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798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
+1 760-873-2500
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 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 4 October 2017

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 29 September 2017

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 28 September 2017

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 20 September 2017 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
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This is a must see when in the bishop area. Some of these trees are very old. It is a great hike in the beautiful mountains.

Thank T6021QKstevea
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Kind of a long and curvy drive; the high altitude may affect some people. But lots of ancient pines and beautiful mountain views. Not crowded at all on an August Saturday. Be prepared to hike for 1-5 miles for the full experience! Bring your good...More

1  Thank Susan T
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It's a bit of a drive from the main road but so worth it. ( btw my GPS was trying to send me up some dodgy dirt tracks- just follow the official park signs and ignore whatever yours says as 2 other visitors told me...More

1  Thank Sasha M
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The roads are not the best but well worth the drive. It can be very cold so be sure to have a jacket with you. The trees are small but tenacious.

Thank Pauline S
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

The drive on 168 is very steep and windy but it's worth it with it's majestic scenery. The elevation is over 10,000ft. at the visitors center. It has a gift shop, some exhibits, little theater and knowledgeable rangers. There's also picnic tables and a drop...More

1  Thank kukana m
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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