Ancient Bristlecone - Keith Skelton

Ancient Bristlecone - September 9-11, 2018

Join Keith Skelton for a two night adventure to the Ancient Bristlecone Forest this September.

We will have dark skies to practice out night photography at one of the darkest and clearest spots in California. We can practice milky way photography, star trails and night panoramas. 

We will meet in Bishop CA on September 9th 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 Sept. 11th. 


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 $529 partly to cover our permit fees. 

After signing up I can recommended motels in Bishop. 


Twi: 6:04am Moonrise: 6:18am Sunrise: 6:30am New Moon: 11:03am Sunset: 7:12pm Moonset: 7:34pm Twi: 7:38pm

Best Times To Spot 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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