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Methuselah Trail

Journey down a canyon into a grove of ancient 4000 year old bristle cone pines.

photo: Trail. Photo by Pam Riches.

Length: 4.20 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? $3.00
     Entry is free with America the Beautiful pass

Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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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.
State(s): California
Counties: Inyo
Longitude: -118.17821
Latitude: 37.385

Driving Directions

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).


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 12/01/2020.

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.

Additional Details

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:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

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.

Trail Management:
Martin Hornick
Forest Trail Coordinator
Inyo National Forest
873 North Main St.
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-2461



Trailhead. Photo by Pam Riches.

Trailhead. Photo by Pam Riches.


Trail. Photo by Pam Riches.

Trail. Photo by Pam Riches.

Trail on far hillside. Photo by Pam Riches.

Trail on far hillside. Photo by Pam Riches.


The trees. Photo by Pam Riches.

The trees. Photo by Pam Riches.


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