Cottonwood King: Old Cottonwood Trees Evoke Memories

They stand like giant sentinels along Thunderbird Creek, just downhill from the popular Chugach State Park trail leading to the waterfall. Girdled by thick and deeply grooved bark, these cottonwood trees have withstood the ravages of nature for nearly two centuries—some of the oldest deciduous trees that I believe exist in Southcentral Alaska.