The most common subalpine conifer, and the smallest, the crown is spirelike. Small groups are often found on ridgetops and small hills, as in this photo. Here the snow sloughs off down the slope.
Location: Skyline Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: December 2, 2014
This photo shows a seed germinating in the snow at a parking lot.
Location: Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: June 21, 2010
The bluish cones are upright and approximately 4 inches in length. The needles have stomatal lines and tend to curve upward.
Location: Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: September 2, 2013