Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - World’s Oldest Trees
Today we’re heading to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest located off Hwy 395 in California’s White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest.
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Some of the oldest living trees in the entire world reside here. Many of these trees are thousands of years old–the oldest is nearly 5,000 years old.
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You’ll find the oldest living non-clonal organisms on earth thriving here (the Methuselah Tree & Patriarch Tree) in the Schulman and Patriarch Groves.
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There are many hikes here including the 4.5 mile Methuselah Trail Loop & Schulman Grove, home to the 3.5 mile Bristlecone Cabin Trail.
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For a quick and easy hike, the one mile Discovery Trail will take you on an easy stroll around a few of these ancient bristlecone giants.
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Some of the trees that are no longer living still stand, and the oldest have been here for nearly 10,000 years.
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The winding drive up the mountain is breathtaking, and it’s easy to feel as though you’re standing at the edge of the world here.
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Stop by the Visitor Center at Schulman Grove. Open at 10am daily during the Summer, you’ll find helpful information about the trees and hikes here.
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Thanks for joining me today! For more awesome Hwy 395 stops see my other Jumpropes and visit FlyingDawnMarie.com for full blog posts & YouTube videos.
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