I enjoyed this report as well. Nevada seems to have some hidden secrets.
From the latest Backpacker magazine:
"Gnarled, twisted bristlecone pines even look their age. See the 3,000 year old Raintree, the oldest living thing in Nevada, three miles into the 20 mile Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail loop which winds through the biggest colony of bristlecones in the intermountain West."
It goes on to say that you can bag the three highest peaks in southern Nevada. Mummy, Charleston and Griffith.