Monica and I took a late afternoon drive to the
head of the Colorado Trail just west of town. The Colorado Trail
is 483 miles long and runs from Durango to Denver. It goes
through spectacular country to say the least. Monica and I will
probably hike a tiny part of it, perhaps 10 miles total during
This afternoon, w e walked a couple hundred yards on it just to
get say that we've been on it. It follows Junction Creek at its
start. Old narrow leaf cottonwoods are everywhere. They are
medium-sized here. Nothing to measure. However, there are some
surviving old pines. I spied a particularly handsome old
ponderosa near the beginning of the trail. With my almost trusty
Forestry 550, I got a respectable 111.5 feet for its height. Its
girth is an even more respectable 12.0 feet ( approximately) .
Yes, that's right. I didn't take my D-Tape on the drive.
I decided that I needed to photograph that beauty and share it
with my lady and fellow Ents. The first image below shows the
whole tree. The second shows Monica next to it.
The big tree symbolizes the abundance of great ponderosas out
here. Scattered mature ones in the 120 to 180 year age range are
common. Although logging between 1881 and 1990 or there about
was ferocious, when you have land as rough as out here and a
settlement period of 130 years, you get plenty of old growth
spots that would be valuable in the East.
I'm getting the idea that a lot of people out here like the
pines, but know very little about what is ordinary, rare, or
truly exceptional. I'd be most pleased to be part of an
education process - after I educate myself. Lots to discover.
Ponderosa and Monica