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Ancient Bristlecones

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The Ancient Bristlecones live high up in the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest. They are the oldest non-clonal living things on earth, and the oldest bristlecone is the "Methuselah" tree at 4,775 years old. There are two main groves of Bristlecones, the Schulman Grove and the Patriarch Grove. Methuselah is in the Schulman Grove, but the Forest Service will not tell you which tree it is. This is to protect the tree and leave you wondering. Two trails in the Schulman Grove offer visitors a chance to see the gnarled old trees up close.

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