Coal Bank Pass, CO (7) Robert Leverett
June 14, 2009


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.


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