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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Sierra View @ Vista Point

Sierra View @ Vista Point (Click to Enlarge)

On Saturday afternoon we drove the Jeep to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest which is at about 11,100 feet. Since we started at 4,100 feet in Bishop,CA, that’s 7,000 feet of driving up. We could tell.

Besides popping our ears every now and then, there were those precipitous drop offs along the road (see one of the videos below).

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The Trip (Click to Enlarge)

It was a 38-mile, 2-hour drive from Bishop to Bristlecone.

But more than half the trip was climbing those 7,000 feet, and it was SLOW driving.

Near the top we started seeing patches of snow. Nothing much, but in former years we would not have been able to drive there because snow would have blocked the roads.

Welcome to the Great California Drought.

When we arrived at the Bristlecone Forest Ranger Station, we took a short hike down the Methuselah Walk Trail and took some photos and videos of the area. The pine smell was incredibly strong in the clean mountain air.

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ralph & Kay Nelson #

    Just left Havasu. You guys were out of town. Now iin desert outside of Fountain Hills, AZ. Visit us at Stanford sometime. Patterned our RV electronics from yours. Thank you. Ralph

    April 5, 2015
  2. Mary Konopka #

    WOW! Excellent video. Thank you for the bird song. I wish you could have captured the pine scent and shared that too. I hope you guys get rain soon.

    April 5, 2015
    • “The Drive Down” is my favorite, but I have to remember to clean the windshield.

      April 7, 2015
  3. Mariann #

    Nice pictures. Looks like you got lots of fresh clean air and beautiful scenery.

    April 7, 2015
    • Yep, the air is fresh and COLD — it’ll be in the 30’s for the next two nights.

      April 7, 2015
  4. Mariann #

    I was wondering what cell Co. You have.? Jim and I are having prob,elms with AT&T . It works great in LH but we are getting dropped calls,can’t answer calls.lose people while we are on phone. We want a good one for here and LH. Would appreciate your help. Thanks, Mariann and Jim.

    April 29, 2015

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