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Lodgepole Pine

Lodgepole Pine

Another super-common view on our hike which I've only now managed to get a shot of. This is the (brilliantly red-brown) trunk of a Lodgepole Pine on the way down to the trailhead. I haven't seen it said anywhere, but I think these trees are fairly close cousins of the Sequoias. Not only are they thick and tall (relative to other pines; they of course fall short of Redwood and Sequoia class), but they have the same very long trunk before any branches start as Sequoias, and the lower branches are also thick and twisty.