Hike the Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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See the world's oldest living tree (non-clonal), a 4,847 year-old Bistlecone Pine called Methuselah

The Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, located in the White Mountains, is where the 4,847-year-old Methuselah tree grows, the oldest living non-clonal organism in the world. If you're going to make hiking the Methuselah Grove more than a day trip and get in some more touring of the White Mountains, you can stay at the Grandview Campground. The campground is free, with a suggested $5 donation, for your pick from big, shaded spots with fire pits and a picnic table.

To get there, from Big Pine take 168 northeast up into the Whites. From the 168 you'll take a left onto White Mountain Road and drive up 5.5 miles to the campground. The visitors center in Big Pines is a good place to stop and fill up on water, which is actually really good tasting.

The Methuselah Grove is specifically located in the Schulman Grove, which is a few miles up the road past the campground. The area is generally open from mid-May through the end of November, weather permitting. You'll park at the Schulman Grove Visitors Center and start the 4.5 mile loop hike from there. On the hike you'll go through the entire Schulman Grove, including the Methuselah Grove where the Methuselah tree is located (not labeled of course).

The Schulman Grove is named after Edmund Schulman, the researcher who discovered the Methuselah.

If there's still snow, the road leading all the way up to the visitors center isn't plowed. So, you'll just park about a mile down from the visitors center and walk up on the road. Snow shoes are a good idea if the snow is fresh. There's a fantastic viewpoint on the road leading up to visitors center from the campground, don't pass on hiking the 100 yards or so to the lookout.

The Bristlecone Pines become more gnarled and hardened as they age. The hardening, caused by resin, is what enables them, in part, to live so long as it protects them from disease. The species are also incredibly drought resistant.

Pack List

  • Essential camping stuff
  • Snow shoes or touring skis depending on snow cover
  • Camera
  • Water
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Activities:

Camping, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

4.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet

Features:

Bathrooms
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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