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Ancient Bristlecone Forest

(37 miles/1 hour from Bishop) These twisted and stunted trees (Pinus longaeva) are the oldest living organisms on earth.

Of the many scenic wonders found within Inyo National Forest, one of the most amazing is the ancient and rare bristlecone pine forest, located between 10,000 and 11,000 feet in the White Mountains, just east of the Sierra Nevada. The most ancient of these trees are approaching 5,000 years old. The "Bristlecone Pine Trail" is an easy hike from the Schulman Grove Visitor Center (destroyed by fire in September 2008 and is being rebuilt). The view to the southwest reveals the "Range of Light" otherwise known as the Sierra Nevada. For directions and information about closures go to:












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