Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Located at Schulman Grove, the 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.

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

Fees: $3.00 per person with a maximum of $6.00 per car.
Children under 18 are free.
Interagency Passes are accepted.

Camping: The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is day use only, no camping, no overnight RV parking. The nearest camping is at Grandview Campground.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: NOAA Weather Forecast
Operational Hours: Closed for the Winter. Spring opening date depends on snowpack.
Restrictions: Bristlecone and Limber Pine are protected, no collecting.
  • Hikers must stay on trails, boardwalks, or decks.
  • No bicycles on trails.
  • Vehicles must stay on established roads.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove are day use only. No parking between 10PM and 6AM.
  • No camping or campfires.
Closest Towns: Big Pine, CA, 23 miles (water, gas, food, lodging) Bishop (full service, hospital)
Water: NONE
Restroom: vault
Information Center: White Mountain Ranger Station (760) 873-2500

General Information


We're located 45 minutes from Big Pine, CA on paved roads.

From Highway 395 just north of Big Pine, go east on CA 168 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 parking lot. This is a winding mountain road with a 6,000 foot elevation gain.

General Notes:

There are no services beyond Big Pine, so fill up on gas and bring water. This area does not have cell phone service, do not depend on cell service for navigation or communication.

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