Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

Vantage, Washington

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One of the largest petrified forests on the planet sits in the center of Washington State. The ancient trees were mineralized into rock during the great lava flows that swept the inland Northwest. In addition to petrified ginkgos (one of the oldest tree species in the world), the “rock forest” includes mineralized Douglas fir, spruce, walnut, and elm. The trails here offer the perfect introduction to the desert landscape of the basin for newbie desert rats.

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"One of the largest petrified forests on the planet sits in the center of Washington State. The ancient trees were mineralized into rock during the great lava flows that swept the inland Northwest.

In addition to petrified ginkgos (one of the oldest tree species in the world), the “rock forest” includes mineralized Douglas fir, spruce, walnut, and elm. The trails here offer the perfect introduction to the desert landscape of the basin for newbie desert rats."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vantage
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 2,600 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

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May 2018