Ed P. Lastered drove his 19 mule team on this road for 30 years. Yes, he only had 19 mules. There was some kind of conflict with US Borax and they got a court order preventing Ed from using a 20 mule team. Anyway, Ed never noticed the kind of odd shaped trees on the mountain side until just recently. Probably because he ran out of his home brew and involuntarily sobered up.
The trees kind of look like a pine, but, the branches don't look right and if you get up close, the leaves or needles look more like a juniper, but, the bark looks like a sequoia. Ed said it makes his head hurt just thinking about it.