Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Vantage, Washington

3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
1 Review
3 out of 5
Follow an easy 1.5-mile loop through a desert region of central Washington, and see one of the largest collections of ancient forest fossil remnants in the country. This short hike through Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, in addition to being a fine leg stretcher for travelers along I–90, provides many insights into the past natural history of the region and one of the largest natural collections of petrified wood in the country. If you come here during summer, be sure to bring water for this hot, dry hike. From the trailhead, follow the paved path to the east, passing the display showing a map of the trail system constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.
Hiking Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking Washington

by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

Follow an easy 1.5-mile loop through a desert region of central Washington, and see one of the largest collections of ancient forest fossil remnants in the country. This short hike through Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, in addition to being a fine leg stretcher for travelers along I–90, provides many insights into the past natural history of the region and one of the largest natural collections of petrified wood
in the country.

If you come here during summer, be sure to bring water for this hot, dry hike. From the trailhead, follow the paved path to the east, passing the display showing a map of the trail system constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vantage
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 330 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
Local Maps: USGS Ginkgo
Driving Directions: Directions to Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

8/4/2008
2

There are petrified tree stumps! Well, slices of stumps, but still, they're pretty cool. The short interpretive trail isn't much of a hike, but it does lead you past many petrified stumps labeled with what species of tree they are. Unfortunately, to protect the trees, they're all located inside large metal cages, so you can't get too close or see as many details as you'd like.



Trail Photos

Activity Feed

Apr 2018