A visit to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is an hour drive from Bishop on paved roads (to Schulman Grove). Take US Hwy 395 south to Big Pine and turn east onto State Hwy 168 just north of Big Pine. Follow Hwy 168 east 13 miles to White Mountain Road. Turn left (north) and drive 10 miles to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center.
This is the place to find trees of an almost unbelievable age. Not far from the visitor's center is a tree which was around 775 years old...When King Tut was laid to rest in all his Egyptian splendor some 3,325 years ago. Today that 775 year old tree is still alive. 4,560 years ago, construction began on the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). The Oldest of the Old, a tree known as Methuselah had begun its life 200+ years earlier. This truly Ancient One lives to this day. In 2001, at the age of 4,767 years old, it well may be the oldest living thing on the planet.