In the past, huge trunks of Western Hemlock, such as this one along the Cowlitz Divide trail, were commonplace in the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. A few such giants are present at the Park. As the tree ages, the gray bark develops deep furrows.
The tree is perhaps most easily recognized by the needles which are short and in two rows, imparting a lacy appearance to the narrow twigs. Here bright green new grow is shown.