Ancient Bristlecone - Keith Skelton

The Ancient Bristlecone Forest July 28-30, 2019 -Sold out. Waiting space available.

Join Keith Skelton for a two night adventure to the Ancient Bristlecone Forest July 28-30, 2019.

We will have dark skies to practice  night photography at one of the darkest and clearest spots in California. We will practice milky way photography, star trails and night panoramas. You will lean some of the techniques to capture the night skies including star fields, star trails, light painting and more. 

We will meet in Bishop CA on July 28th before heading up the Ancient Forest for out first night's shoot. We most likely will return to Bishop by midnight. 

After resting we will once again head up to the forest to shoot some late afternoon images, sunset and more night photography at the Patriarch Grove. We will return later that night to Bishop before heading home on July 30th.


This class is open to 8 people only.  The elevation is between 11,000 and 11,700 feet which can zap anyone at any age. You must be in good enough physical condition to withstand the elevation and walk on very rocky surfaces in complete darkness. 

The road from Bishop to Schulman Grove is good and mostly paved. It's a 38 mile drive or 1 hour. The gravel road from Schulman Grove to Patriarch Grove is 12 miles but it takes nearly 1 hour to get there because of the rough road. High clearance and all wheel drive is highly recommended. 

I can take 3 people in my vehicle from the Pasadena area. First come, first serve. 

The cost will be $599 partly to cover our permit fees. 

After you sign up I can recommended motels in Bishop. 


Waning crescent moonrise: 3:13am.  Sunrise: 5:55am  Sunset: 8:05pm 

Best Times To Photograph the Milky Way



-February Difficult.

-March Difficult.

-April 4 AM to Sunrise

-May 3 AM to 6 AM  

-June 10 PM to 2 AM

-July - Sunset to Midnight

-August Sunset until 10 PM

-September Sunset until 9 PM  

-October Difficult: Sunset (early October only)



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