baumzaehlen - Primeval Forests & Their Trees

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Mokelumne Wilderness, California, USA

 

Most of this wilderness area (426 km2) is located along the crest and western high slopes of the Sierra Nevada, though it does extend slightly east of the crest. The most common forest trees are Opens internal link in current windowPinus monticola (western white pine), Opens internal link in current windowP. contorta var. murrayana (Sierra lodgepole pine), Opens internal link in current windowAbies magnifica (red fir) and Opens internal link in current windowTsuga mertensiana (mountain hemlock). Opens internal link in current windowPinus albicaulis (whitebark pine) is common close to the tree limit at approx. 2500–3000 m. The fourth largest Opens internal link in current windowPinus ponderosa (ponderosa pine) by volume grows near the park’s lower limit at approx. 1600 m 1. Tree species diversity is low and most species are easy to identify. Annual precipitation on the western slopes is approx. 1300 mm.

 

Off-trail hiking is generally easy. Dispersed camping is allowed in more remote areas.

 

References:

 

1        http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=6489#p29559

 

Official site:

 

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/stanislaus/recreation/recarea/?recid=16839

 

Pinus contorta var. murrayana (Sierra lodgepole pine), foreground; Tsuga mertensiana (mountain hemlock), left.
Pinus monticola (western white pine), larger trees. Lake Fourth of July, elev. 2488 m.
Pinus monticola (western white pine).
Pinus contorta var. murrayana (Sierra lodgepole pine) dominated forest. Caples Lake, elev. 2377 m.
Pinus contorta var. murrayana (Sierra lodgepole pine).
Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine), left.
Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine).