The Cascade Range divides Washington State into very different climate zones. This tree on the dry, east side is an anomaly.
Must be in a wind protected riparian area as suggested by how you have it mapped. I'd be interested to know more about the tree and its present status.........Big trees, perhaps even more than mountains, inspire me because as living organisms they have to withstand more adversity---all in noble silence.....Thanks for sharing this, Eric.....Best wishes from Michigan, Joel
Yes, it's right down in the bottom land, just far enough from the clear, rushing creek to protect it from erosion around its roots. I'm sure it gets flooded a bit every spring. Even on the dry summer day we hiked there, the soil was moist here in the bottoms.
It's a short, but beautiful hike, ending here at a washed-out bridge. You might be able to ford the creek in late summer or fall. The trail seems to have been forgotten; we saw no human footprints on it. The trailhead parking was gravel, but so little-used that it was being taken over by soft, green grass.
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Photo taken in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location