Great Basin Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things. Some live to be over 3000 years, and "alive" might mean one branch or even one strip of wood on a branch, when the rest is dead. This is a trick that other trees cannot do. There are a number of bristlecone groves within Great Basin National Park. One is a two mile hike from the Wheeler Peak Campground area, which is a mile or so past the Wheeler Peak Summit trailhead. Here are some shots I got of the trees from that grove.

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