The Bristle Cone Pines located in the White Mountains are an amazing site. The trees which are alive are estimated to be as old as 2000 years. The trees that are dead but still standing are estimated to be 2000 to 4000 years old. And the trees that have fallen and are laying about the landscape are estimate to be about 4000 to 8000 years old!
The White Mountains, so named because of the large amount of Dolomite (near white in color) found there, create a very harsh environment which is too severe for other species of plants. Add to that the wind and the elevation (8,000 to 11,000 feet) and you'll get a feeling for just how sturdy this type of tree really is.
The wonderful fall colors can be found in the many canyons located between the Sierra and Inyo mountain ranges. In particular, the Bishop Creek area is ripe with color in the fall.
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