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“Walk Among the Ancients”

Ranked #3,616 of 8,800 things to do in California
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Owner description: National forest area extending 165 miles along the California/Nevada border and includes 1.9 million acres of lakes, meadows, winding streams, and rugged Sierra Nevada peaks with elevations ranging from 4,000 to 14,495 feet.
Palm Coast, Florida
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“Walk Among the Ancients”
Reviewed 28 September 2011

My husband and I did the Methuselah Trail. It was an amazing hike. It makes you a little short winded if you are from a low elevation like us. We used the hike to get better acclimated to do the Mt Whitney Trail in Lone Pine. The trees are amazing to photograph. It is amazing to think that the bristlecones are between 3000-4600 years old! It is just amazing that they are the oldest living things on the planet living in such a dry climate.

Visited September 2011
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Bishop CA
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“See This!!”
Reviewed 2 September 2011

We walked the 4.5 mile trail on 8/29/11
Truly amazing and wonderful.
We bought the$1 pamphlet and read it at each # from 1 to 24. So worth the $.
Took us 3.5 hours and we are reasonably fit.
The drive is very curvy and takes 45 min. From Bishop!
But well worth the time! 1/2 day for total time and hike!

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Bedford UK
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“Touch a tree older than the pyramids”
Reviewed 27 October 2010

ditto the earlier review , save we did the shorter hike. The views from here are spectacular. You stare across to glaciers from the last ice age. It is remote and peaceful. Well worth the detour, adding about 2 - 21/2 hours to the trip. There is a small office where you can buy guides, postcards and water.

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Modesto, California
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“Such a Unique Place!”
Reviewed 12 September 2010

Traveled here for a hiking trip in July with two other people. The drive from Bishop up into the White Mountains was just beautiful with expansive views of the Owens Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains. We drove to the Schulman Grove of Ancient Bristlecone Pine trees which is in a remote and high setting at 10,000 feet. There is a small visitor center here and plenty of parking. (Further up the road is another grove of trees but we did not have time as it is a 45 minute drive one way). We took the 4.5 mile round trip loop hike. There are a few other trails to choose from, this being the longest. I love to hike and this is one of my favorite hikes now. We walked along hillsides covered with bristlecone pines, some living and some dead. These are the oldest trees in the world, some are more than 4,000 years old and they are twisted, stunted and gnarled into interesting shapes and sizes. There are many fun photo opportunities with these trees and we spent three to four hours walking this trail. I fell in love with this place and the beautiful scenery. This is truly a treasure which I highly recommend. Don't miss this if you are any where near the area, especially if you enjoy nature!

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