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Location: In Inyo NF off SR 168 15 mi. E of Big Pine. Take Big Pine Mtn. Rd. 10 mi. to Shulman Grove.
Travel to the town of Big Pine, California. Go east on Highway 168 out of Big Pine for about 12 miles. Turn left on White Mountain Road. Drive on White Mountain Road for about 10 miles – you will pass a scenic overlook on the left side of the road which is worth stopping at on your way to or from this hike. Turn right into the Schulman Grove Visitor Center when you see the sign for it. You will see a trailhead sign near the visitor center (along with signs for other, shorter trails in the area).
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The trail is a 4.5-mile loop with a 900 feet of elevation gain. The trailhead begins at about 10,000 feet. The trail has numbered posts along the way – you can pick up a brochure guide at the visitor center that will provide information that correlates to the numbered posts. There are also several rest benches along the trail that provide spectacular scenic views.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest provides extreme, adverse conditions, with its arid land and the rigors of an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. These hearty trees have adapted to their challenging environment and can even thrive in it. Wind-whipped sand, ice, drought, and fire have sculptured the Bristlecone Pines into many beautiful shapes and forms.
Width: 30 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Rock, smooth
Maximum Grade: 36%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,465 feet
Year Designated: 1983
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: USFS Trail Details
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Forest Trail Coordinator
Inyo National Forest
873 North Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
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