Methuselah Walk

Big Pine, California 93513

Methuselah Walk

Methuselah Walk Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a unique opportunity to share a natural history treat with your dog. The drive from the Owens Valley up into the White Mountains east of the Sierra boasts an exceptional and seldom- seen bird’s eye view of the Sierra crest.

The hike itself is a veritable vista fest of sweeping views down canyons and across the Great Basin toward Death Valley among the oldest trees on earth. Maybe your four-legged pal will be the one to sniff out the unidentified unmarked famous 4,000-year-old “Methuselah” among all the other ancient trees on the trail."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Fantastic for their tortured shapes and longevity, the bristlecone pines that dwell in the harsh White Mountains are the world’s oldest living things. This loop hike visits a grove where the oldest of them all still lives. Although not in the Sierra Nevada, this White Mountain hike is close to the Owens Valley and features spectacular views of the Sierra, and so it seems fair game for any hiker in the region. There is also the added attraction of walking through a forest that contains probably the oldest living thing on earth, a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) known as Methuselah."

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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
10,085 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,211 feet
Top Elevation
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center, (760) 873-2500. Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger District, 798 N. Main St., Bishop 93914; (760) 873-2500 (this number has an excellent menu of information options);
Local Contacts
USGS Blanco Mountain; Inyo National Forest; Methuselah Walk brochure and map from visitor center
Local Maps

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