Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Schulman Grove

Visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is an enjoyable way to spend a day learning about the oldest trees in the world. Living trees exceed 4000 years of age with weathered, twisted, and beautifully colored wood. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Natural History. Bristlecone pines and limber pines dot this high elevation landscape with great views of the Great Basin in Nevada. 

At Schulman Grove, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open in summer, with interpretive programs, gifts, and information about the trees. Bristlecone trees can be viewed from the parking area and boardwalks around the visitor center. Further exploration of the forest may be done via three self-guided trails.

Beyond Schulman Grove lies the Patriarch Grove, 13 miles north on a good dirt road. Patriarch Grove is home to the world's largest Bristlecone Pine, the Patriarch Tree. Its splendid remoteness and moonscape appearance gives the Patriarch Grove a surreal atmosphere. There are 2 short trails at the Patriarch Grove, with a picnic area and restroom. 

A visit to both Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove is possible in the same day if you get an early start. This is a high elevation, remote area with limited cell phone coverage. You need to be prepared to be self-sufficient, and remember that the nearest food, water or fuel is in Big Pine, CA.

Camping is not allowed in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, however there is one campground on the way up: Grandview Campground.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Bristlecone Pine and Limber Pine are protected, no collecting.
  • No camping or campfires in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. 
  • Hikers must stay on trails.
  • No bicycles on trails.
  • Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove are day use only, closed from 10pm to 6am. It is prohibited to be in the developed Schulman and Patriarch Groves of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest National Protection Area after sundown or before sunrise.
Violators may be fined up to $5,000 and /or 6 months imprisonment.
Closest Towns:
  • Big Pine (water, gas, food, lodging)
  • Bishop (full service, hospital)
Water: No piped water. No natural water sources in this area. Bring all the water you will use.
Information Center: White Mountain Ranger Station (760) 873-2500 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

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Viewing Plants

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Viewing Scenery

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Interpretive Areas

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Visitor Centers

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Visitors must stay on established trails and boardwalks. Both Schulman Grove and Patriarch Grove have picnic tables and restrooms but no water.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

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White Mountain Road is closed in winter. Typical winter conditions allow for vehicle access to within 3 or 4 miles of the forest at which point visitors can either hike, snowshoe, or ski the remaining distance. 

At 10,000 feet in elevation the trip can be very arduous.  Please make sure to dress warmly, have snacks and drinks, and have proper gear. 

Recreation Areas

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