These are the Grand Daddies of them All. THE trees you think of when you hear Bristlecone Pines.
The Barren White Mountains rise to the east above the town of Bishop, California.
The oldest living things on Earth. The harsher climate and poor soils in this area causes slower growth, and therefore a longer lifespan for these Bristlecones compared to their Rocky Mountain Cousins.
The Park was technically closed for the season, but we went up a back road used by scientists who were still shutting down their alpine research lab for the winter. The back road is accessible only by 4-wheel drive vehicles, even in the best of weather.