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    White Mountain Road

    Bishop, California

    White Mountain Road

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    "The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is deservedly a highlight of any visit to the eastern Sierra Nevada. The trees, which include the oldest known living tree, are easily reached along a paved then graded dirt road that accesses the very beautiful and sparsely vegetated landscape of the White Mountains. The trail is very popular and you are unlikely to have the region to yourself. The Schulman Grove Visitor Center provides an excellent introduction to bristlecone pines. The visitor center, open daily from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. when the road is open, is also the point at which the paved road turns to graded dirt. The center has picnic tables, a small gift shop, and a couple of self-guided hiking trails. A long hiking trail, the Methuselah Trail, takes visitors past the ancient Methuselah Tree. No camping is allowed within the bristlecone pines area. Special Attractions: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest; Mexican Mine. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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    Emeryville, CA
    Pathfinder | 154 pts
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    Spectacular scenery - unique anywhere. Highly recommended. Bring your camera and have lots of disk space available. From White Mountain you look down over the Sierras across the Owens Valley. Quite a remarkable place, plus the trails through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forests are amazing - the oldest living entities on our planet.

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    Backcountry Adventures: Northern California

    Trail Type
    2 hours
    April to November
    7,200 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    11,400 feet
    Top Elevation
    Inyo National Forest
    Local Contacts
    USGS Westgard Pass, Blanco Mountain, Mount Barcroft, Bishop, Benton Range
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