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Experience standing among 4000-year-old Bristlecone pines. Great Basin Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva) are exceptional for their great age and their ability to withstand adverse growing conditions. In fact, it seems one secret to their survival is the harsh environment in which most bristlecone pines grow.

These pines grow in solitary groves just below treeline. Conditions are severe, with freezing temperatures, a brief growing season, and powerful winds. Bristlecone pines in these high-elevation climates grow very gradually, and in some years don't even add a ring of growth. This slow growth makes their wood very dense and immune to insects, fungi, rot, and erosion. Additionally, vegetation is very sparse, restricting the role of fire.

Bristlecone pine seeds are occasionally cached by birds at lower elevations where they grow more rapidly in these "favorable" environs. However, they do not achieve their legendary age or fascinating twisted shapes.

Short Hike: 1 mile

Family Friendly: Mind boggling difference of age of the tree and the kids.

Gem Type: Other

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Sep 3, 2021
Tom Herr
Informative plaques in the grove help with understanding bristlecone pine. Moderate hike and well worth it.
Sep 22, 2019
LeAnn Splitter
Aug 26, 2018
Mark McQueen
Amazing, and well worth the hike! Both the trees and the vistas make this hike amazing.
Jun 26, 2018
Ashley Overstreet
Jun 24, 2018
Richard Vogel
Kathy Cindy and I
May 27, 2018
Leah R
Jul 5, 2017
Matthew Bell
Jul 3, 2017
Nikki Stookey
Great hike!

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