Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop

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The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a protected area high in the White Mountains in Inyo County in eastern California. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) trees grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet (3,000–3,400 m) above sea level, in xeric alpine conditions, protected within the Inyo National Forest. Foxtail Pine (Pinus balfouriana) also grow in the forest.MethuselahThe Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is the location of the "Methuselah", a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine that is years old. For many years, it was the world's oldest known living non-clonal organism, until superseded by the discovery in 2013 of another bristlecone pine in the same area with an age of years (germination in 3051 BC). "Methuselah" is not marked in the forest, to ensure added protection from vandals.GeographyThe forest is east of the Owens Valley, high on the eastern face of the White Mountains in the upper Fish Lake-Soda Spring Watershed, above the northernmost reach of the Mojave Desert into Great Basin ecotone. The forest's mountain habitat is in the Central Basin and Range ecoregion (EPA) and Taiga and Boreal forest ecoregion (WWF). The Patriarch Grove is the source of Cottonwood Creek, a designated Wild and Scenic River.
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  • Walk among some of the oldest living trees in the world at Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, a National Monument near the top of the White Mountains on the California Nevada Mountains. A paved road tak...  more »
  • We had a great experience. Beyond beautiful. A very lovely and informative visitors center manned by a staff of very knowledgeable friendly and helpful park rangers. A beautiful setting nestled in thi...  more »
  • What a great place to explore. Some of the trees looked like the belong to the era of the dinosaurs. Beautiful hiking trails. Pay attention to other people's warnings regarding temperature and elevation change. I thought I was in pretty good shape.
  • Great place!! Watch the road going up it is very windy. Make sure your car is in great working order. It has a season so make sure you check their website before heading up or you will face a locked gate. Check the weather. Have on proper clothing, be prepared! We just went (11-1-18) and the visitor center was closed for the season. We hiked the Cabin Trail. A few miners cabins along the way. Be respectful of the past history and do not take stuff or curve your name in the logs.

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