Hiking The Discovery Trail At The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest – Bishop, CA

The Discovery Trail is a short 1-mile loop hike that gains a mere 276 ft of elevation within the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. Although this hike is short, it can still be a challenge since it begins at an elevation above 10,000ft. The trailhead for the Discovery Trail is located at Schulman Grove, right outside of the Ancient Bristlecone Forest visitor center. In this guide, you’ll find driving directions, maps, instructions, and photos to see some of the world’s oldest living trees.

White Mountain Rd, Bishop, CA 93514

  • Make sure to start with a full tank of gas from Big Pine and bring all of the food and water you will need.
  • The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Scenic Byway will close at the Sierra View Gates with snowfall and/or inclement weather. Be sure to check road conditions before your trip by calling the Inyo National Forest office at 760-873-2400 or White Mountain Ranger Station at 760-873-2500.
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  • Do you have the appropriate gear for this hike? Don’t hike unprepared!
    See my current hiking gear list. 

    Hike Map And Elevation Profile

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    Author: Drew Robinson

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