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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Address: 798 N Main St, between Big Pine and Deep Springs, Bishop, CA 93514-2428
Phone Number: +1 760-873-2500
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The oldest trees in the world!

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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beauty of nature does soothe the troubled soul. There is something completely magical about these ancient trees. We hiked the Discovery Trail and the Mine Trail with a picnic lunch in between. Give yourself lots of time to contemplate the Ancients. Do not rush this hike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are Midwesterners that came out west to enjoy the scenery. And enjoy it we did! The variety of landscapes you see as you travel up to Schumann Grove is amazing. The road twists and turns as you climb the mountains. The textures of the mountains go from barren, dirt like mounds, to sage covered, and then trees show up.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The oldest living trees? You cannot simply drive by such a thing. This place and these remarkable trees continue to fascinate us. Do the hike if you can, you'll never be sorry.

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We arrived later in the evening and camped at the Grand View Campground. Outhouse and no running water, but the most stunning night sky I have seen. There are no lights out there disturbing the view into the sky and we saw so many stars that our necks started hurting from gazing upward. When the sun came up the view... More 

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