Cross section of a pine. You can see some epicormic notches that create weakened attachements on the trunk.
Reds Meadow region saw a ferocious wind storm last November, flattening tens of thousands of trees. More than 2000 have been cleared from hiking paths, similar to this section of the JMT above.
Near reds meadow, this derelict landscape is the result of a former fire ripping through the forest.Hitching a ride into Mammoth Lakes in the back of a Nissan Titan. Finally, off my feet and looking at a shower and a feed before me.