Friday Flower: Wildflowers of Big Bear Lake
We took a nice nature hike to see the Champion Lodgepole Pine. The trail meandered between the forest and meadow, with wildflowers everywhere. Most of the trees in the forest were Jeffrey pine, which has bark that smells of vanilla.
We took a roundabout route, adding a mile and a half or so to the easy nature trail. It was worth it!
The "champion" lodgepole pine is estimated to be more than 400 years old, and is the largest known lodgepole pine in the world. You can't really see much more than its huge trunk. Barring fire or other natural catastrophe, it might stand for hundreds of years more.
Tags: Big Bear Lake, wildflowers, photos, San Bernardino Mountains, Champion Lodgepole Pine