Bristlecone Pine Forest to Mexican Mine Ruins

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Inyo National Forest

Bristlecone Pine Forest to Mexican Mine Ruins is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain85 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsHistoric site
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Very easy except for being about 10,000 ft for those that don't do well there. Short out and back that's great for kids. Great views of the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra Nevada from the Minarets/Mammoth all the way to Olancha Peak. Explore the mining ruins of the Mexican Mines and the cabins. Primary ores were Lead and Zinc with a secondary ore of Silver discovered in 1862 and first production in 1909.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest visitor center. Restrooms, drinks/snacks.

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Mit Bour
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1/18/21: Road to visit center is open and clear. Trail is narrow and snowy but doable with good tread and maybe some trekking poles. I brought crampons just in case but didn’t end up using them. Not enough snow yet for snowshoeing.

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Kristin Taliaferro
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beautiful old trees!

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Jessica Rushing
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Austin Vaughn
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Kevin Taylor
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Jan Flanigan
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Good

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Randy Gonzalez
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I really enjoyed this trail. I gave it 5 stars because I’m a science dork and the idea of Bristlecone pines really intrigue me, so it was such a treat to see so many ancient trees. The trail itself was nice with tons of Bristlecone trees, and the scenery was really nice in some areas as well.

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Doug Range
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Simple

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Dustin Rehmann
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Nice hike. Mines are OK. Beautiful views.

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Jason Welle
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Glorious. Views on both sides of the mountains. Mostly level, main difficulty is the altitude, but there are plenty of benches to rest along the trail.

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DJ Goodman
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This is a short but decent hike. There is a sign telling the story of the mine. I continued around an extra 1 3/4 miles and made it a loop.

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Nice easy flat trail. I continued on to the connector trail for the Methuselah Trail and then back to parking lot. Some snow on the trail made the going a bit slow. Gonna be shutting things down here very soon.

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Gregory Torres
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Went there in late July. Took a nice easy trail and then turned back so we didn’t have to do the whole 6 mile loop. The Forest Service visitor center was great too. They let us bring in our dog and waived the trail fee for us (military discount). There’s ample parking up there and plenty of trails to choose from. Watch out on the roadway getting up there. It’s pretty narrow and people pick up some real speed coming down it!

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K T
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beautiful trail with nice views. well kept and signed. cool breeze was refreshing. couple of benches along the trail made for nice rest stops. this is at high altitude so we were breathing hard and taking a lot of breaks. would definitely recommend

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Jennifer Penrod
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Easy, informative, and several trail lengths to accommodate. Very interesting history

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Joanna Laguna
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The trails are clearly marked and very easy! As always make sure to bring water. The Bristlecone Pines are beautiful and I'd come back.

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Jason Poole
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John Beccari
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Nadia Ammar
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Ron Nelson
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Vlad Tumanov
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Liz Guerrero
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Mark Witman
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Trudy LaMonica
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Bill Helenberg
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PK P
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Ben Inouye
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Isai Miranda
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Edward Murphy
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