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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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Amazing ancient trees. This is an area my husband has wanted to visit for a very long time and we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anita S
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This is a must see when in the bishop area. Some of these trees are very old. It is a great hike in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank kukana m
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Quite the drive to the oldest living things in the world at about 10,000 feet in elevation. It is in the National monument pine forest. About a an hour drive from Bishop California. Well worth the drive to see the oldest livings things on the...More

4  Thank varnin
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Trees that have really fought for their lives for 4000+ years! Living in such a severe climate with strong winds, regular fires, and little soil and oxygen...a real survival of the fittest!

1  Thank br0za1205
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Well worth the 30+ minute drive off of the 395. Climb to an elevation just over 10,000 feet above see level. Great view of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. These unique, oldest living trees on the PLANET were amazing creatures (some said to be...More

2  Thank Dugster29
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The road to the Ancient Bristlecones starts just North of Big Pine on Highway 395. The distance is about 25 miles. You climb from about 6,000 feet to about 10,000. Start your day at the wonderful visitor center up there. Watch the short video to...More

2  Thank Cali4niahiker
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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
19 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