Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine)
Elevation 1650 meters (5400 feet)
Mount Townsend ( Trail 839)
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District
Five needles ineach bunch. Growing in the meadows above the Sunrise lodge at Tahoma/Mt. Rainier. Snow has recently fallen.
Pinus albicaulis, with many common names including whitebark pine, white pine, pitch pine, scrub pine, and creeping pine, occurs in the mountains of the Western United States and Canada, specifically the subalpine areas of the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range, the Pacific Coast Ranges, and the Rocky Mountains from Wyoming through the Continental Ranges. It shares the common name creeping pine with several other "creeping pine" plants.