Methuselah National Recreation Loop Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Methuselah National Recreation Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bishop, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
826 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

5 months ago

The drive up to the trail head through the White Mountains is a great outing in itself. One small section of the drive is single lane, but that is very short. Excellent visitors center at Trail Head, very helpful and a nice shop. Clean outhouses at trailhead.

The trail is well marked. Most people do the Discovery Trail which is only about a mile. The Methuselah Trail is just over 4 miles and is really a pleasant and peaceful loop. We encounter just two other people on the loop. Trail is well maintained, but very narrow with steep slopes due to the terrain the Bristlecone trees thrive in. The interpretative booklet costs two dollars at the visitors center and is well worth it to learn about the Bristlecones. The trail is not difficult, but nor is it easy due to the 10,000 elevation and there is about 600 foot elevation gain on this narrow trail. The trail is so peaceful and serene and feels like you are on another planet. I have wanted to hike the Bristelcone forrest for years and finally got around to it and was not disappointed.

There are campgrounds on the drive up and I would imagine watching the sunset over the Sierra Nevadas from the White Mountains would be majestic.

6 months ago

Easy and flat trail, bring more water than you think because it is dry.

7 months ago

Easy trail towards the oldest living thing on earth: An ancient unmarked bristlecone thousands of years old. I walked the trail at midnight to catch an amazing view of the Milky Way rising over the valley below the white mountains.

8 months ago

Awesome views

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful views of ancient trees, there are benches along the way for rest stops as altitude can make you tired

Sunday, July 17, 2016

We went here with children ages 9-16 years old. Do it early morning, bring plenty of water and snacks especially sunblock and hat is a must. We hiked 14k ft elevation. Need frequent stop to rest and sips of water. It was an adventure.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This is an otherworldly experience among the ancient bristlecone pines in the White Mountains. A nice moderate hike with some lovely views.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hiked at 10000 feet- visitor's center was closed due to snow, so had to park the car in one of those vista points which made us hike extra 2.5 miles to the visitor center only to be disappointed that it was not hike able due to knee-high snow. However enjoyed immensely the hike to this point through which we were huffing ad puffing at that elevation. Enjoyed the bristlecone pines, the beautiful views of sierras and mount whitney at a distance on the way. Will go back to hike methuselah

Sunday, November 08, 2015

* This is a nice walk, with some hiking in between.
* It has a clearly marked trail head, next to the visitor's center.
* It also has a nice trail-map, with numbered spots, (you might want to pick up a trail map $1) at the trailhead.
* It is indeed scenic with those ancient trees.
* Our 2.5 year old managed most parts, although she needed her afternoon nap (which meant a 1 mile of carrying).
* FYI: The trail is marked for 4 miles, although this is marked as 7.6 miles.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Take this hike early in the morning for a cool 4 mile (took me 2 hours) hike along a very narrow path with up close views of some of the oldest trees in the world. Yes, this is one to put on the bucket list for sure! Trail was easy to find, as it's just beside the visitors center. Probably passed about 100 mountain bikers driving up a very narrow road too.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great hike! The views were fabulous and the trees impressive. The numbered guide at the trailhead was very helpful in understanding the unique geology and ecology of the area.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

This is a great "field trip". The forest service provides a guide to the Bristlecone Pine forest with numbered sites to see. Take your time and appreciate these remarkable >4000 year old trees. Its a good acclimatization for White Mtn. Peak (14,252ft) hike which is nearby and is only 253 feet less than Mt. Whitney. The geology is remarkable too.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Great hike. It was not an easy one up at 10,000 feet especially during winter. Lots of Snowshoeing was done. Road was closed 2 miles down from the visitors center and so added 4 miles onto the hike. Defiantly recommend just make sure you leave a whole day to do it.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

What an awesome trail! I didn't have much expectation of a trail near a visitor center, but this was great. Spectacular scenery, ancient trees and a real nice trail. I combined thus with the Cabin trail and got another 1.5 miles out of it and a tremendous view of vista of the Sierras at the top.
The trail wasn't difficult even with the snow but the elevation has me huffing and puffing even if the gain wasn't too much. I worked up a sweat in the 49 degree weather. It was beautiful with the snow on the ground and the bright sunshiny day.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Awesome trail. Its cool to walk in this ancient forest. Make sure your car can handle a drive to 9,000 feet my truck was hating me :)

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