This moderately strenuous trail has a starting elevation of 9,800 ft. and ascends up another 600 ft. from there. You'll have excellent views of Wheeler Peak, but the main feature is hiking to the Bristlecone Pine Grove.
Bristlecone Pine Trees are the oldest living (and dead) things on earth. Some are known to have been on this planet for 6,000 years! Once you get to the grove there will be interpretive signs revealing all kinds of information about the ancient trees.
On the way back you can head straight back to the parking lot, or take a detour onto the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail.
Trail length: 3 miles
Posted by Sarah Hikes on October 31, 2013
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Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on October 31, 2013
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This was a pretty awesome trail. The views are spectacular. Getting to visit the oldest things on the planet was a unique experience. Highly recommended.
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