This ponderosa pine in Raymond, Colorado might be the largest in Boulder County. Located between a road and a house with a wood pile around the base, one would not expect this tree to be so large and healthy. The road and the house are not conducive to healthy root growth and wood piles attract insect infestation. At some point in history there were power lines connected to the trunk demonstrated by the embedded conductors. The homeowner saw a photo of the tree in 1948 and it looked pretty much the same. This ponderosa resembles one you would see in Oregon rather than the front range of Colorado. The branches were so large all the way to the top that it made for a fantastic climb.
This is one of the trees that inspired the creation of Colorado Tree Climbers.
Ponderosa pines are often called cinnamon bark pines due to how red the trunk becomes upon maturity.
Circumference: 148” Crown Spread: 46’ Height: 97’3” National points: 256.7
May 2013. Photograph by Malinda Painter