After Monica and I left Hermosa Creek, we headed for 10,640-foot
Coal Bank Pass on the way to Silverton. It and Molas Pass showcase
the San Juans.
The pass still has snow and showed us
plenty of Englemann Spruce. Naturally I had to check them out. To
cut to the chase, I measured one with its base still in a small snow
bank to a surprising height of 127 feet. Folks, it's growing at
10,640 feet! It was the tallest spruce I found, but many others
exceeded 100 feet. Girths were all modest. Lots more looking to do.
The possibilities seem endless.
The following image shows a pencil thin spruce. It is the
127-footer. I couldn't get the whole tree in one shot. When I get my
MAC and sophisticated stitching software, I'll be able to do a
better job. For now, I offer my apologies.