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Eagle Lake Trail
View from the Eagle Lake Trail, just inside the Desolation Wilderness on the west side of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay in the Sierra Nevada.
- photo taken May 8, 2004, in the middle of a drought
period in central California.
I'm having trouble identifying the prominant tree in the foreground (to the left). What type of pine is it??? The
elevation is approximately 7,000 feet, and this is a south-facing slope.

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Anya JingleHmmm..

Anya Jingle

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It's bark looks very much like that of a ponderosa pine.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:45 am

tarolLooks more like pine to me

tarol

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The needles and bark both look like pine.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 9:43 pm

lcarreauRe: Looks more like pine to me

lcarreau

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What species (at 7,000 feet)? Stunted Ponderosa ???
Posted Jan 14, 2008 10:15 pm

tarolRe: Looks more like pine to me

tarol

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No, not ponderosa... in the eastern Sierra, particularly the Lake Tahoe and Mammoth areas, Jeffrey pines are all over the place. So it may be Jeffrey Pine or it may be western white pine. Can't tell for sure unless I can count the needles per bundle. Any chance you did that? Or knowing what the cone looked like would help. Bark and a far off shot can only produce guesses where # of needles and cone shape/size can give you a definitive answer.
Posted Jan 18, 2008 9:54 am

lcarreauRe: Looks more like pine to me

lcarreau

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It's not an ordinary tree, it survived a
drought. I'm thinking 5 needles per bundle.
Posted Jan 18, 2008 8:14 pm

tarolRe: Looks more like pine to me

tarol

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If it was 5 then it's probably a western white pine.
Posted Jan 19, 2008 12:08 am

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lcarreauSubmitted by lcarreau
on Jan 13, 2008 12:24 pm

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Lat/Lon: 38.95807°N / 120.1149°W
Object Title: Eagle Lake Trail

Image Type(s): Hiking, Flora, Scenery