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Ancient bristlecone forest + bonus 9-4

 
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edenooch



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Location: Eagle rock

PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:51 am    Post subject: Ancient bristlecone forest + bonus 9-4  Reply with quote

went up north early in preparation for the big one!
But while i was in the area i decided to hike a natural wonder that i have been trying to plan since early this year. So i headed to the Methusela grove. With all the 4000+ year old bristlecone trees. There are 3 trails in this area. one with some old mines n stuff! so i made an early dusk hike!
The place is under construction! It looks liek they are adding a picnic area and a new visitor center.

6miles 1200feet gain








A few of the old men!



a Lookout





a bistlecone













MINE

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Later on that day when i finished this hike. I met up with Ze and he has this Excellent idea to get a short hike in at altitude in order to acclimate for "the big one".....
He has this hike that goes to Kearsarge peak......
so it was on to 12,500 feet
6.5 miles
3700 feet gain

Independence peak



an old shelter near the summit


golden trout lakes


Williamson

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Location: yes

PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a neat area. I wandered around the patriarch grove last weekend. The drive sucks, but its worth it.
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Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome pics.
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Location: Riverside, CA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent pix - totally on my "to do" list.  Man, I wish I could go today.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never been there, but I think the "new" visitors cneter is rebuilding the old one that some arsonist burned down.  IIRC he's got some mental issues and a connected family in Mammoth.
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Location: Orange County, CA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE.  Oh (yawn), just a 12,000+ warm up hike.   Laughing
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