Searching for the golden larch tree high in the Northwest

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Searching for the golden larch tree high in the Northwest

Discovering the wonders of a deciduous conifer
Subalpine larch trees change color in a view from Kangaroo Pass in Washington state in 2014. Larch trees are a deciduous conifer. In the fall, their soft needles turn golden and are shed.
There are numerous recreation spots near Leavenworth, Wash., including camping and hiking along Icicle Creek, just outside of town. Also, the wheelchair-accessible 1-mile Icicle Creek Nature Trail is a great spot to view wildlife or take a leisurely stroll.
Western larch trees are seen in 2016 along Interstate 90 in western Montana, near the Dena Mora Rest Area about 5 miles east of Lookout Pass at the Montana-Idaho border.

Searching for the golden larch tree high in the Northwest

Subalpine larch trees change color in a view from Kangaroo Pass in Washington state in 2014. Larch trees are a deciduous conifer. In the fall, their soft needles turn golden and are shed.
There are numerous recreation spots near Leavenworth, Wash., including camping and hiking along Icicle Creek, just outside of town. Also, the wheelchair-accessible 1-mile Icicle Creek Nature Trail is a great spot to view wildlife or take a leisurely stroll.
Western larch trees are seen in 2016 along Interstate 90 in western Montana, near the Dena Mora Rest Area about 5 miles east of Lookout Pass at the Montana-Idaho border.
If you go

Best drive from Seattle to view western larch: Interstate 90 east to State Highway 970 to U.S. 97 and back west on U.S. Highway 2.Best drive for alpine larch: State Highway 20 through North Cascades National Park and over Washington Pass.Hikes: Details on the Washington Trails Association website – www.wta.org. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/okawen.North Cascades National Park: www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm.

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