This sounds like it might be a fir tree, which are known for their upright cones.
Comparing your description to descriptions and pictures of common fir trees it might be a California Red Fir, also known as a Silvertip.
Here are some links to pictures of Silvertips if you would like to compare them:
It is hard for me to help you identify your pine without a picture of the tree and the number of needles in a cluster and whether or not the pine bares berries.
But to help you idenify your Californian pine here is a great identifying site, super easy and will hopefully help you name your pine!
The other two sites might help as well.
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