The visitor center includes interpretive programs, maps and book sales.
History of construction of the visitor center, click here.
At a Glance
White Mountain Road is snow covered. Bring snowshoes and microspikes for the hike to the visitor center.
12/30/2015- The road is closed at the Sierra View Overlook, approximately 2.5 miles from the Schulman Grove. Snow and ice cover the road before Grandview. Be prepared with chains and 4WD.
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Visitor center is closed for the winter.
Day Use fee is $3.00 per person to a maximum of $6.00 per car. Children under 18 free, America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes are accepted.
Campfires and overnight camping not allowed.
Dogs are allowed on leash.
Stay on trails to prevent damage to the ancient trees and their seedlings.
Vehcile use is restricted to established, maintained roads. No off-road travel is permitted.
Nearest fuel, food and water are in Big Pine (22 miles). Full service in Bishop (38 miles)
Vault Toilet (1)
From Big Pine travel east on Highway 168 for 13 miles. Turn left at the signed junction for White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest and continue 10 miles until the end of the paved road at Schulman Grove. Turn right into the visitor center parking lot.
Three trails depart and loop back to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center. The Discovery Trail is approximately 1 mile and features interpretive signs and rest benches along the trail.
The trail to the Mexican Mine is approximately 2.5 miles and offers views of the old miners cabins and the entrance to the mines as well as many photogenic Bristlecone Pine trees.
The Methusula Trail is 5 miles and gains approximately 700 feet of elevation. There are numbered posts along the trail and a brochure is available at the start of the trail. The world's oldest living tree is along this trail and although it's identity is kept a secret, you may feel certain at the end of the hike that you have seen the oldest tree known to exist.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pines are the main reason most visitors come to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center. The dolomite soil of the White Mountains also support many other interesting trees and plants. Ask at the Visitor Center for more information.
During the summer the rangers and staff at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center offer programs daily and on week-ends in Spring and Fall. Inquire at the Visitor Center for subjects and times.
Surrounding the Visitor Center and along the Discovery Trail are many interesting interpretive signs describing the life and habitat of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine trees.
There are picnic tables and a restroom (vault) at the Schulman Grove parking area, however there is no water.