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Conifer trails

Posted by pasadena z6-7WA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 14, 12 at 12:59

I've been vicariously hiking the Klamath Mtns with the book Conifer Country by Michael Kaufmann. The wife and I are also planning a trip for real, which we'll have to put off until 2013. However, while reading the trail descriptions and the number of species that can be seen along each trail, we realized that our own favorites here in WA state could almost be as competitive.

I'll introduce our favorite and then look for others to tell about theirs.

Our absolute is the Hidden Lake trail from just above the shore of Lake Wenatchee to a terrace containing a small, hidden lake. We've compiled a list of 11 conifers along the trail:
Pseudotsuga menziesii
Tsuga heterophylla
Tsuga mertensiana
Thuja plicata
Abies grandis
Abies procera
Abies amabilis
Pinus ponderosa
Pinus monticola
Pinus contorta
Picea engelmannii

An additional three species could also occur in the area:
Taxus brevifolia
Abies lasiocarpa
Larix occidentalis

Furthermore five more occur in the county (Chelan):
Callitropsis nootkatensis
Pinus albicaulis
Larix lyallii
Juniperus communis
Juniperus scopulorum

with only J. scopulorum unlikely within a few miles of Hidden Lake.

The Hidden Lake trail is a gentle and less than a mile. We first began hiking it when we had small kids. It's located just east of the Cascade summit with slop over of the Tsuga mertensiana/Abies amabilis forest from the west.

I realize this isn't the Miracle Mile from the Klmath Mtns., but its not bad.

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  • Posted by dcsteg 5b Shawnee, KS. (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 17, 12 at 7:49

You should be so lucky.

Thanks for sharing that beautiful photo with us.


RE: Conifer trails

Nice! The variety of species is amazing.

RE: Conifer trails

Fantastic picture. I could sit out there all day just staring at the beauty.

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  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 20, 12 at 7:05

I found the lake on Google. Next month I will be staying in Klamath Falls for a week. Maybe I can find the 'Miracle Mile'.
It looks like a lot of nice hiking down there.

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