Methuselah Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bishop, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.0 miElevation gain761 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Please note that the visitor center closes seasonally in Winter.

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Linda Houser
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Hiking

Tried loop trail in both directions. Too narrow and icy in spots with no good get around and steep terrain on other side. Definitely need poles and/or crampons to get past the icy conditions in the shade.

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Judi Ferrandini
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Nice trail. A decent amount of snow on the trail. I was glad I took my trekking poles. No water source.

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tim mcclarty
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Not for the old and decrepit. don't go in March wait for May. My rest periods started at several minute intervals and eventually became seconds apart.

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zach schiavone
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Great condition. Easy hike for the whole family. Lots of great scenery.

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Stacey Crow
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Very well maintained trail! We took 3 kids (pre-teens) and 2 dogs and all did great. Views are unbelievable!

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Bob Littel
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Marcella Pittman
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absolutely beautiful trail. parking was a breeze. the visitor center is closed for the season so I couldn't get a map to tell what marker was what on the trail. but still a breath taking hike.

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Dave Lokey
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Nice scenic 4 mile loop. Beautiful views.

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Aubrie Laffin
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Amanda Reed
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Travis Sutherland
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Stewart Carnes
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Amazing easy hike. Walking among the oldest trees in the world. It’s only 4.2 miles but your walking at 10,513 feet. Very nice trailhead with parking. Several trails from the parking area. The trail is well marked. Pick up a trail guide. There are 24 numbered posts that the guide gives you info on.

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Stewart Carnes
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Joel Jacoby
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Jan Sacha
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Marina Woodward
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Fun hike! We went in the afternoon and it was pretty shaded by the mountain. Loved seeing the ancient trees! Pretty look outs. Steep drop offs in some areas, so be careful with kids. Overall a good mixture of ups and downs. Not that hard of a trail.

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Justin Leland
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christopher golian
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Kevin Taylor
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Marco Sulin
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My IPhone
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HikingGreat!

We just hiked this trail on 10/11/2020. The White Mountain is open. This trail is reopened. So is the discovery trail. Not smoky and beautiful blue sky.

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Eric Soderberg
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This trail is open as of today. There were still signs around saying that everything was closed but the rangers were taking them down throughout the day. Not too hot, due to the elevation. Slow going at times, due to the elevation. But, totally worth it. There were parts of the trail where it felt like walking through a museum, such was the beauty of the figures and colors all around.

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Scott H
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109 degrees in Bakersfield. 100 degrees in lone Pine. 74 degrees at the bristlecone Forest. This is a perfect four mile hike. You will see amazing scenery, 3000 year old trees, and fantastic geology. The hike is rated as moderate, but this is probably due to the frequent up and down – changes in elevation. The interpretive signs are some of the best I've ever seen. If you're not up for a 4-mile hike they have a 1-mile alternative. I stopped here on a web driving from Mammoth lakes to Bakersfield. I'm certainly glad I did. Note: September 2020, visitor Center was not open and there is no one at the gate a few miles up the road. There were plenty of other visitors, but you are definitely on your own. No mobile phone service at the trailhead. At high altitudes you might get a brief signal.

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Emily Thomas
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Amazing trail. Moderate with some nice up and downhills. The last mile was a good workout. Took us longer than we anticipated because we couldn’t help but stop to take pictures of all the amazing bristlecones.

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Jason Wurtz
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Great experience to walk through the ancients

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Andleeb Dombrowski
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Trail is nice and easy to navigate. There were so many old trees. We did this & the discovery hike in 3 hours. This trail is not crowded, the discovery hike was packed with non-maskers.

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Mickey Toth
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Nice hike but it’s very popular so you have all walks of obnoxious life there: instagrammers, dog walkers, and multigenerational families of 20. Needless to say, not all of them are mindful of those trying to appreciate the sacred landscape and trees.

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Kerrie Bohunovsky
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Harder than I expected just because of the altitude. (I told my boyfriend it would be much easier) he was kinda mad, but in the end he was glad he did it and me too! Magical.

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