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Discovery Trail

A short trail that winds it ways through an ancient grove of Bristlecone Pine's.

photo: Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Photo by USFS.

Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? $3.00
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: North of Big Pine, Inyo National Forest, Big Pine, California
State(s): California
Counties: Inyo
Longitude: -118.1786
Latitude: 37.3856

Driving Directions

From Highway 395 just north of Big Pine, go east on CA 168 for 13 miles. Turn left (north) on White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. In 10 miles, you'll turn right to arrive at the Schulman Grove parking lot. This is a winding mountain road with a 6,000 foot elevation gain.


The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is at Schulman Grove with a picnic area and three self-guided trails to explore. The trails begin and end at the visitor center parking area and have interpretive signs and rest benches.

Discovery Trail: One mile loop. Features Ancient Bristlecone Pines, interpretive signs, and rest benches along the trail.

Dr. Schulman first found the grove to be over 4000 years old. Interpretive panelsalong the trail tell the story of Dr. Schulman’s discovery while rest benches provide a place to sit and contemplate the spectacular scenery. The short length of this trail makes it a perfect introductory hike for families or those not wanting to take the longer 4 mile Methuselah Trail.

Methuselah Trail: A 4.5 mile loop with 900 feet of elevation gain makes this the longest trail. Numbered posts and a brochure guide you along the trail. Several rest benches have scenic views. The Methuselah Tree is along this trail, but there is not a sign that points it out. This trail can be combined with the Bristlecone Cabin Trail.

Bristlecone Cabin Trail: 3.5 mile loop. Offers views of the old miner's cabins and mine entrances of the Mexican Mine, and passes many Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees and Foxtail Pines. Return on the Methuselah Trail for the full 3.5 mile loop.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

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:
USDA Forest Service, Inyo National Forest
351 Pacu Lane
Bishop, CA 93514



Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Photo by USFS.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Photo by USFS.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center in the winter. Photo by USFS.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center in the winter. Photo by USFS.


Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Photo by USFS.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine. Photo by USFS.


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