Ghost Trees

The route now follows the Divide Trail along the summit ridge of Lookout Mountain, passing through bleached forests of "ghost trees", huge skeletons of alpine trees. Here, trees must endure blasts of wind, snow and ice in winter, and blazing sun in summer. Many of these trees were hundreds of years old when they finally lost their battle to survive, yet the skeletons can survive for a century or more in the rarified environment.

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 All images ©Tom Kloster 2001