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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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+1 760-873-2500

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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... read more

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La Habra, California
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La Habra, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We unexpectedly went to this forest. Trees here are 3000-4000 years old. The hike we took (1.5 miles) was not too hard even for our 5 year old. There is another 4-5 miles hike (which I would've loved if time permitted). Overall, it was not crowded and I felt spiritual being among the living things that stood the test of... More 

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Bear Valley Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's a steep road to the top and the newer visitors center is worth a visit. There's lots of hiking to do, but come prepared for cool weather. You're up over 10000 feet, and the thin air can be an issue. Bring a sweatshirt or coat, even in the hot summer, as the temps up there can be chilly. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

California has the tallest (coastal redwoods), biggest (giant sequoia), and oldest (ancient bristlecones pines) trees in the world. One of the gems in the state is the corridor know as the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. To the East, along the Nevada border, are the White mountains. They are in the rain shadow of the Sierras which give... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Great experience to see the high sierra and the old living plants on earth. If you want to see both groves expect to spend all day here. Travel from Bishop is easy but does take an hour to get to the visitor center. From visitor center to the patriarch grove is another 45 minutes to hour. The Medusa trail is... More 

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Bishop, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Always good place to visit and explore. Visitor Center is nice and staff are locals. High elevation for those who can tolerate it. We love the serenity of the day use picnic spots.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This has been on my bucket list for years. The realization did not let me down, The self guided trail and the solitude made it a unique experience. A couple of caveats: 1. it can be very windy and cold up there; 2. it can take an hour from the main road to get there; 3. it is at about... More 

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Burbank
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The drive back to the Schulman Grove was a beautiful windy road. Lots of stops to take pictures. We visited in November so the visitor center was closed. We did the Discovery Trail 1 mile loop which was a very pleasant hike - bring water and sturdy shoes. We walked up to the old mining cabins on the Cabin Trail... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

You have to go here! Have to...period! The new visitors center is a great place to stop and get some education from "ranger Dave!" An amazing and sometimes other-worldly place - depending on where you hike to.

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