Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

White Mountain Rd, Verenigde Staten, CA 93514

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Travel to the California-Nevada border and see the "oldest recorded living thing on earth", the Bristlecone Pine, one of Nevada's designated State Trees. Many of these "living fossils" are more than 2,000 years old with the "Methuselah" tree being dated closer to 4,733 years old! Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva & aristata) grow in low nutrient dolomite dominated soils between 9,000 and 11,000 feet on the slopes of the White Mountains. The eldest of the Bristlecone Pines sprouted up from dolomite outcroppings, and this is where you will find the densest clusters of these enigmatic pines.

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From US Highway 6 take Nevada Highway 264 south through Dyer and across the Nevada State line into California to Oasis. From here you travel a short distance west on California Highway 168 to White Mountain Rd. Follow this road as it ascends into the mountains. The Bristlecone Pines begin to appear about halfway up the mountain road.

To see the “Methuselah” tree you will need to visit Schulman Grove within the forest.
*Schulman Grove Visitor Center is closed in winter due to snowy conditions.

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