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.
Location: Cowlitz Divide Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: July 1, 2016
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.
Location: Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: June 10, 2014