Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Schulman Grove Visitor Center is open in summer, with interpretive programs, gifts, and information about the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. View exhibits and watch a film about he oldest trees on Earth and the researchers who discovered their secrets. Several self-guided trails enable you to explore the forest.

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association operates a bookstore at the visitor center, with a comprehensive selection of books and maps of the region. Revenue from sales of these items helps support interpretive programs.


Visitor Programs:

During the summer, rangers and staff at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center offer interpretive programs at 11AM and 2PM. In spring and fall, programs are available on weekends.

Day Hiking:

Discovery Trail: 1 mile loop. Features Ancient Bristlecone Pines, interpretive signs, and rest benches along the trail.

Bristlecone Cabin Trail: 3.5 mile loop. Offers views of the old miner's cabins and mine entrances of the Mexican Mine, and passes many Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees. Combines with the Methuselah Trail.

Methuselah Trail: 4.5 miles loop with 900 feet of elevation gain. Numbered posts and a brochure guide you along the trail. Can combine with the Bristlecone Cabin Trail.


We're located 45 minutes from Big Pine, CA on paved roads. Head east on CA168 for 13 miles. Turn left (north) on White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. In 10 miles, you'll turn right to arrive at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center parking lot. This is a winding mountain road with a 6,000 foot elevation gain.


No overnight parking.

Hours of Operation:

May 6th–Jun 6th: Fri–Mon, 10AM–4PM *

Jun 7th–Oct 3rd: Daily, 10AM–4PM *

Oct 4th–Oct 10th: Daily, 10AM–5PM *

Oct 11th–Nov 14th: Fri–Mon, 10AM–4PM *

Winter: Closed

*Visitor Center Closes with Snow, Year Round. Call the White Mountain Ranger Station at 760-873-2500 for information.


No water fountain or spigot available. Bottled water is available for sale in the bookstore. 


Valut Toilets

User Fees:

Day use fee is $3.00 per person with a maximum of $6.00 per car.

Children under 18 are free.

America the Beautiful Passes are accepted.


Ancient Brisltecone Pine Forest - Forest Order

Day use only. No access or parking between 10PM and 6AM.

Stay on trails and walkways, no off trail use permitted.

No camping or campfires in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

Vehicles must stay on established roads. No off-road travel is permitted.

Closest Town:

23 miles to Big Pine: food, fuel, and lodging.

38 miles to Bishp: full service city.


Grandivew Campground: 23 sites; first come, first serve; no water; vault toilets; $5 suggested donation. Please camp in designated campsites and stay on designated roads.

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