2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Bristlecone Pine Forest
September 09, 2010
Back on the road in the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, we headed further north. Our next stop was Big Pine, home to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Never heard of it? The forest resides in the White Mountains and boasts some of the oldest known trees on earth. The oldest, named Methuselah, is dated at more than 4,700 years old.
And the road heading back to the forest, well, it's fun.
The road is long and wide, which in the Raptor equates to quick and entertaining. 4WD-high or even 2WD are fine. There are larger stones distributed over some sections, so keep an eye out for those. As if to keep us from having too much fun, a handful of shallow water crossings slowed the pace a bit and work well to muddy up the truck. As we powered up the road and the sun lowered in the sky we had a realization.
At its crest this road gets steep. Really steep. And it narrows. Really narrows. One lane, no turnouts and steep inclines on either side made us think twice about taking the double-wide Raptor up the last stretch of road. I wasn't prepared for a depth perception check after a full day of driving. So we took the wussy way out. We parked the truck and hiked it.
Our reward was a whole bunch of these guys. Pretty amazing. It is a must-see. When we get back to the Raptor our fuel tanks were on empty, and so was the truck's.
We made it to Bishop before the fuel light forced a refuel. We filled up and offered a moment of silence for all of the non-renewable resource we'd burnt this far. Our 12.1 mpg highway average left us feeling guilty. But we got over it once we climbed back into the supremely supportive seats of the Raptor.
A stop at Schat's Bakery in Bishop was our final detour before leaving town. But it was already closed. We would have to get our Schat's fix at the Mammoth location instead.
Next stop, Mammoth Lakes.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager