Earth’s oldest living inhabitant “Methuselah” has reached the age of 4,768 years.


Of the many scenic wonders found within the Inyo National Forest, one of the most amazing is the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, located between 10,000 and 11,000 ft. in the White Mountains, east of the Sierra Nevada.

These trees are the oldest known living trees on earth. Here in the White Mountains, the ancient trees have survived more than 40 centuries, exceeding the age of the oldest Giant Sequoia by 1,500 years.

For trees that old, one would expect giants, but Bristlecone pines look more like weathered dwarfs than like old giants.

They add no more than an inch per century to their girth. The harsh climate above 10,000 ft elevation and very poor soil conditions don’t let things grow too big.

As a matter of fact, Bristlecone pines are the only trees to have adapted to these conditions.

That gives them a competitive edge allowing for a long and undisturbed life.


The above coordinates refer to “point 15″ of the self-guided tour of the Methuselah Loop Trail.

This point is called The Ancient Forest. Each Bristlecone pine, from young seedling to ancient relic, has an individual character.

And in the Ancient Forest, where trees had more than four and a half millennia to develop their character, each tree is a true individual.

Every single tree in the Ancient Forest is at least 4,000 years old, many reach 4,500 years and the oldest one – Methuselah – has a confirmed age of 4,768 years which secured its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In order to protect Methuselah from souvenir hunters and people who would just “love it to death,” the forest service does not disclose its location.

It only hints that Methuselah is on of the trees right along the trail in the Ancient Forest. So, we took pictures of the most magnificent trees along that trail.

Rest assured that each and every one of them is older than any other tree you have ever seen and that one of them is Methuselah.


If these trees could talk they would tell us what it means to be 4,600 years old:

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Date: 16 Aug 2009 | Author: mesmerX | Category: Pictures | Views: 14503

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Wow, that is so cool! I love old trees!tongue


There was another tree in the Inyo Forest, that was cut down in 1964 by Donald R. Currey. It was around 5,000 years old. It was named Prometheus. I think it just took Noah a while to find the highground that's all. HA

mesmerX im interested about the age of the tree.. where did u get that information from and/or which scientist found the age?

reason im asking is cause i was bored last nite and subtrated the age of that tree from the age of the earth (according to the bible 6,424 years @ year 2010) and came up with 1656.. which according to the bible the year 1657 was the time Noahs ark settled on dry land.

im spun out so just want to know if that was a fluke or not.. cheers mate!


really great history

its nice

Wow!!! That is so cool! This will really help with my geography project! Thanks!!!!! smile

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