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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
From Bishop, we made a detour to visit the fascinating Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (see review for more details of the Pine Forest). How fascinating is that, standing eye-to-bark with the oldest living organisms in the world??
The road to the Pine Forest is actually closer to the small town of Big Pine than to Bishop so we had to backtrack a bit. Then we found ourselves on a long winding road into the White Mountains, surrounded by snowy patches and with fog swirling all around. We hadn’t expected this since the weather in the Valley along Highway 395 was sunny and bright! We seemed to be the only visitors, the only other vehicle we encountered was a snowplow! When we arrived at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center, we noticed why: the Pine Forest was basically entirely still snowbound! We couldn’t even find the trails, they were completely covered with snow! We followed some tracks but didn’t want to get lost, so we decided to turn back after poking about a bit in the snow (it had been years since we’d seen snow…). The road to the Patriarch Grove wasn’t plowed yet so we had to give this a miss. Pity, I really wanted to see those really old, old trees. Maybe another time in the future?

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Big Pine Sights & Attractions review
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest has two groves of Bristlecone Pines: Schulman Grove at 10.000 feet/3000 m high and, even higher, Patriarch Grove a… read entire review
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