Deep scratches on bare trunk, possibly from a bear.
trees along steep hillside overlooking Sunrise Lake
-waxy upper surface of needles
-stomata on underside
-needles block the view of the twig from above
I'm pretty sure this is Abies amabilis Pacific Silver Fir
Down far below is the White River which flows about 75 miles (121 km) from its source, the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier, to join the Puyallup River at Sumner.
Not sure if this is a Pacific Silver Fir. Its needles resemble Douglas Fir needles but the branches seem much more sparse than that of a Douglas Fir. Also, the ends of the needles were bright green.
In a couple feet of snow, this pine was just a sapling observed on the path from Longmire at Mt. Rainier. It has a bark pattern with grey/silver blotches, with pines that do not go all the way around the branches, unlike a douglas fir. Observed in a primarily coniferous and some old growth forest area with nearby hotsprings, there were other pacific silver firs around as well as yews and douglas firs.
Abies amabilis, commonly known as the Pacific silver fir, is a fir native to the Pacific Northwest of North America, occurring in the Pacific Coast Ranges and the Cascade Range from the extreme southeast of Alaska, through western British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, to the extreme northwest of California. It is also commonly referred to as the white fir, red fir, lovely fir, amabilis fir, Cascades fir, or silver fir. It grows at altitudes of sea...