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PostWed Oct 02, 2019 6:22 pm 
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Bristlecone pine
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PostWed Oct 02, 2019 6:31 pm 
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Indeed, there are so many wonderful trees!
Can I nominate my top 27 instead of only 4? smile.gif

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PostWed Oct 02, 2019 6:46 pm 
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Favorite natives:  Pacific Madrona & Shore pine

Runners up, depending on particularly nice specimens:  Big leaf maple, Douglas fir, Western Red cedar, etc.

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Lodgepole Pine.

It's the Rodney Dangerfield of trees--gets no respect.  Lives a short time, burns up, repeat.  You can use the pitch globs in the beetle attacked trees for a fire starter If  snow is thick on the ground, and the tree has just died, you can flick yer bick and turn the tree into a torch. Hmm, starting to sound like a pyro so better stop.

The Larch. I have no good LP photos.

Top of The Larch
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The Larch
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treeswarper wrote:
Lodgepole Pine.

I knew I had forgotten a tree in my initial list. There is a sizable grove of Lodgepole pines near the Hayes River Ranger Station. It’s on the trail heading up to Hayden Pass about a quarter of a mile after leaving the Elwha trail. The trail travels through the grove for about half a mile. The first time I hiked through it, I was thoroughly enamored by all the pines.

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Western red cedar is by far my favorite. I love the fibrous bark and the gnarled forms ancient specimens take.  I love the way the wood smells when cut.  I love the clear, even grain and the soft feel of the raw wood. I love how seasoned logs seemingly jump apart when split. I love the crackly fires they make.  I love how they can grow right out of a river bank, seemingly right out of the water.

I also like paper Birch and Vine Maple when it grows in open areas under dense canopies.

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For me it’s the western red cedar, nothing else comes close. Hiked to goat lake yesterday, there are some huge ones past the trail split.

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There are a bunch of trees that are high on everyone's list.

My coworkers who don't really hike tend to think hiking means walking in the woods.  For me, I love being above tree line, or in meadows below.  I love the openness, the sun, the views, flowers and other plants that you don't find under a mature canopy.  And I prefer the eastside climate.  My favorite trees mostly reflect that.

I can't help loving larches, lyalli and occidentalis.  But that's against the rules.   rolleyes.gif

Ponderosa pines are like giant red jigsaw puzzles.  Their forests are more open, almost stately, with lovely grass below.  Quaking aspens, even though they're relatively sparse in our mountains.  Whitebark pines, the giant ones and the krummholz.  I can't help admiring red cedars too.
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Sometimes I'll confuse a friend or passerby, pointing at a ponderosa, or an especially colorful cedar, and saying "I didn't know redwoods grew this far north."
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cyclopath wrote:
"I didn't know redwoods grew this far north."

They don't... at least not on their own... but there are a couple up in Streater's Field, and I believe there are still a couple down at Pt. Defiance Park near the old Superintendent's residence.

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Pacific Madrone, Western Red Cedar, and Oregon White Oak.  ~z

Edit:  Adding the Vine Maple.  I love these in the Fall.
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Ski wrote:
cyclopath wrote:
"I didn't know redwoods grew this far north."

They don't... at least not on their own... but there are a couple up in Streater's Field, and I believe there are still a couple down at Pt. Defiance Park near the old Superintendent's residence.

I have heard a rumor of redwood plantations on tree farms.  Only a rumor.   Sequoias grow well in Randle.  Some monsters that were planted by the CCCs had to be cut down as they were threatening buildings that were constructed by the CCC.  The trees were about 6 feet in diameter and a local guy did the falling.  The growth rings were impressive.

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Strange no one mentioned cottonwood clown.gif

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PostThu Oct 03, 2019 7:27 am 
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Malachai Constant wrote:
Strange no one mentioned cottonwood clown.gif

Actually one respondent mentioned cottonwood already, but it is lost amo g t HF e others.

One of my unspecified  27:
Very pretty in fall, illusion of snow flurries in spring, and the big ones are majestic all the time. Also magnets for locating morels.
Just don't have anything valuable underneath one, since they tend to drop big limbs.

My wife immediately  said "dogwood" and " vine maple."

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