I saw this tree along the Trail of Shadows. When I was lower in elevation my group did not see this tree, and I believe that it only grows in these higher elevations. The tree was coniferous, had splotchy bark, needles with ridges below them. The weather is partly cloudy, but mostly sunny. Tall coniferous trees block some of the sun, but allow light through their branches. Parts of the trail are covered in snow, roughly two feet deep at most.
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