Noble firs are beautiful, impressive trees – the largest firs. It is possible that the highest noble firs fairly recently exceeded 100 m height but in the 1990ies the tallest noble fir was at the Goat Marsh – in 1989 it was 89.9 m tall. Unfortunately, this tree is dead by now.

The noblest of all firs

Noble fir is a beautiful tree with extremely slim trunk – trunks of sequoias of similar height have almost two times bigger diameter.

This slenderness is made possible by extreme lightness, toughness, and flexibility of the wood. The wood of noble fir was used for the building of early airplanes and is much-sought material also today.

Natural groves of this tree are met only in the states of Oregon, Washington and also California. Most impressive stands of noble fir are located around the Mount St.Helens.

In Harmony Falls grove northeast from Mount St. Helens there was known 99 m tall noble fir before 1980. This tree is not standing anymore as well – it was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Goat Marsh

Goat Marsh is a beautiful natural area located some 7 – 8 km west from the crater of Mount St. Helens. This wetland has been created by a pyroclastic flow (or several flows) from the volcano – it blocked local streams some 300 – 450 years ago.

To the north from wetlands there is rising especially impressive forest. This is a unique stand of noble fir with an area of 28 ha. Trees are 325 – 350 years old and have miraculously escaped the devastating eruptions of Mount St. Helens.

This forest has one of the highest wood densities per hectare in the world – one hectare contains up to 5,752 m3 of wood. This result is exceeded only in some groves of Californian coastal redwoods.

Stand was discovered in the 1950s and since then is managed by USDA Forest Service. Here was established Goat Marsh Research Natural Area and the stand of noble fir is used for educational and research needs.

Goat Marsh stand contains also Goat Marsh Giant – largest noble fir by volume (126 m3). Here grow also very tall Douglas firs – some of these trees are up to 93.3 m tall.

Here grows also the current tallest noble fir – it is 86 m (282 feet) tall. This tree is dying as well. (1). But there are healthy noble firs in this grove which exceed the height of 80 m.

Noble Fir in Goat Marsh on the map (approximately)
Travelers' Map is loading...
If you see this after your page is loaded completely, leafletJS files are missing.


  1. Native Tree Society BBS. Accessed in 3 December 2019.
Location, GPS coordinates: 46.1771 N 122.2816 W (possible mistake by 1 km)
Categories: Trees
Values: Biology
Rating: 1.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? North America, United States, Washington, Cowlitz County, to the north-east from Goat Marsh wetland 7 km west-south-west from the crater of Mount St.Helens, at the height of 900 – 1000 m. Exact location not given
Species: Noble fir (Abies procera Rehder 1940
Height: maximum reached: 89.9 m (1989)
Diameter: 1.92 m
Volume: 87.7 m3
Crown spread: 13 m

Landmarks of United States

Golden Gate Bridge, California
Golden Gate Bridge / David Ohmer, / CC BY 2.0
The United States of America is one of the largest countries in world and offers a wide array of diverse attractions: many are unsurpassed in the world. Highlights of the United States are cliffs, canyons and rock formations, downtowns of some large cities, geothermal features and giant forest in California.


Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form
Árbol del Tule, another aspect of trunk which shows that the trunk has elongated form / cezzie901, / CC BY 2.0
Category includes some of the most impressive and interesting separate trees of the the world. Total number of tree species in the world still is a wild guess – may be 10,000 and may be 100,000 but most likely somewhere in between. Every month there are reported new tree species from the whole world, including the Western Europe.

Recommended books

Castle Rock (Images of America)

Early travelers coming up the Cowlitz River saw a large rock formation next to the river, which they named Castle Rock. It was here, nestled between the Willapa Hills and the Cascade Mountains, that William and Eliza Huntington made their homestead in 1852. Theirs and several other early land grants make up what is now the site of Castle Rock, as well as nearby homes and farms.

The Rain Forests of Home: Profile Of A North American Bioregion

Stretching from the redwoods of California to the vast stands of spruce and hemlock in southeast Alaska, coastal temperate rain forest have been for thousands of years home to one of the highest densities of human settlements on the continent. Given its mild climate, magnificent scenery, and abundant natural resources, the region should continue to support robust economies and vibrant communities for many years to come.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments