Per rules, this might be cheating — no bike in photos — so I didn’t flag it as challenge of the month. But I figured no one else would have an opportunity to post this species. Top photo from a combined biking and hiking expedition to Death Valley and Telescope Peak last year. Bottom photo from hiking expedition in White Mountains this year.
The bristlecone pine can live more than 5000 years, and we hiked to the Methuselah Grove, containing the oldest known living specimen, last week, although the identity and exact location of the Methuselah tree itself remain secret.
From Wikipedia: “Pinus longaeva (commonly referred to as the Great Basin bristlecone pine, intermountain bristlecone pine, or western bristlecone pine) is a long-living species of bristlecone pine tree found in the higher mountains of California, Nevada, and Utah. Methuselah is a bristlecone pine that is 4,851 years old and the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth.”
On the Methuselah Grove trail last week: