Saturday, August 15, 2015
Hike 2015.063 -- Methuselah Loop, Schulman Grove of Ancient Bristlecone Pines, Inyo National Forest, CA
Coso Junction. I took this picture right adjacent to the rest area, by walking across the bridge that spans a small creek and crossing through a person-opening in the fence.
Division Creek. That one's about ten miles north of Independence.
On the day I was driving, there were a lot of clouds, and smoke from some nearby wildfires. Made for a dramatic backdrop.
(Almost) everyone loves Bristlecone Pines, because they look cool, and live really long lives.
And so, standing snags (dead trees) often remain upright for hundreds or even thousands of years. During their life, they grew twisted. After their deaths, they erode aesthetically.
The trail was a moderate 4.5 miles, with a fair amount of up and down. Given the altitude, you'd be well-served if you spent the previous night at a mountain camp (7-8,000 feet up) rather than near sea level. For me, at least, the night sleeping at altitude makes a huge difference in how I handle the 10K foot level, where these trees are located.