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Address: Great Basin National Park, NV

Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.

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Very nice alpine hike

The trail is well marked with descriptions of the bristlecone pines. It was nice and cool Labor Day weekend.

Reviewed 5 February 2017
Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

The trail is well marked with descriptions of the bristlecone pines. It was nice and cool Labor Day weekend.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

At high elevation, hike through forest to reach the gnarled and ancient Bristlecone Pines. Nice interpretive trail when you reach their grove. You can extend the hike by walking to view the glacier and/or return on a different trail that connects with the Alpine Lakes Loop. That made a great, active day on paths that were not crowded.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We are not hikers. The trek up & up & up & up etc., etc., etc..........is on a path that is NOT marked.....at times we were guessing as we were the only ones in the area. You need to be careful with your footing.....in places there is loose rock, stones, etc. that can cause you to slip.....sometimes it is worse... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Who knew that these trees were older than all the other Bristlecone Pines on the planet? Some of the ones that are dying are 7000 years old. We loved this hike and loved that, at the top, where the grove is, there is an easy interpretive trail loop that lets visitors really understand these trees. So glad we did not... More 

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

It's worth hiking up the hill to see these bristlecone trees - they really are some of the oldest living things around.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

This was a great little hike, to see some really old trees. There are great views of the glacier above, and a to get up there too.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Hike here, it's beautiful and informative at the same time. However the hike is not easy. We were there in mid of June, snow was still on ground. It created muddy because some was melting. It made the trail harder. The biggest challenge is the the elevation, 10,000 feet something if I not mistaken. Don't let the elevation discourage you,... More 

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Mesquite, Nevada
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We wanted to get away from Vegas heat of an expected 110 degree day. We made the short drive up to Mt. Charleston and did the Bristlecone trail. The loop was 6 miles but had a few variations easy to follow medium level hike. Mostly flat but a steady incline. The trail was decently maintained and had good signs at... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

This is a nice forest trail that reaches an interpretive trail in the Bristlecone pine area. We are always impressed with the survival skills of the Bristlecone pine. The gnarled stumps of old pines have an otherworldly look. Even when it looks as if the tree is dead you will often find an area where new growth continues. The trees... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Recently visited the park and did the Bristle Trail Hike. It may be considered moderate or strenuous, depending on your level of fitness. According to the app on my phone, the altitude on the hike goes up to around 10,400. You've got to hike over 1.5 miles to get to the Bristlecone area, and then there is a short loop... More 

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