Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

Vantage, Washington 98950

Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails

Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails Professional Reviews and 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."

Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails Reviews

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8/4/2008
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.
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Trail Information

Vantage
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
2,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,600 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
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Oct 2018