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Backpack - Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Desert Backpacking with two nights along the Columbia River in the Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area. Wildlife, views and austere beauty.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 21.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,565 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

11 AM in Vantage, WA--Discover Pass required.

Covid-19--we will follow all of the Mountaineers protocol.  Each participant must bring a cloth facemask and hand sanitizer.  The mask must be worn when within 6' of others.

Trip itinerary

Day 1 --seven miles hke, 1200' gain with full packs to campsite just north of the state park and on the shore of the Columbia River.  We will camp here two nights.  We will have fires each night.

Day 2-- hike with daypacks further north along the Columbia River shore, up and over some rocky bluffs.  This will be mostly off-trail and on some rough jeep tracks.  There will also be one or two creeks that might require an easy ford--bring fording shoes or go bare-foot. This will be exploratory and will will adjust as conditions emerge. Estimate about 12 miles RT, 2500' gain.

Day 3--hike back out to TH about seven miles.

This trip is leader permission only.  Participants must be comfortable with off-trail travel and a moderate ascent of rocky bluffs.  We will not do any travel with dangerous exposure or requiring technical skills. Consider brings poles for stability. No rain is predicted, but there could still be a stray shower.  Some rain protection would be good.  If will be around 40 degrees at night.  Please bring warm clothing in several layers, gloves and hat.   There is no place to hang food. A bear canister or Ursack is requires. Rob


Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • food for three days
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad--possibly two for extra warmth
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or Ursack
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • warm clothes in layers, hat and gloves
  • trekking poles--optional
  • fording shoes--optional
  • fire starter
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