Larch Trees in Autumn Colors
The Blue Mountains stretch across over 4,000 square miles of northeastern Oregon and into Washington state. They are named for the color of the fir and pine trees, but it is the western larch that turns the hills glorious in October. The range for these deciduous conifers is supposedly between 2,000 and 5,500 feet up, but these were well above 6,000. They are found especially in fairly young or fire prone forests from Oregon to British Columbia and east into northwestern Montana.