Backpack - Ginkgo Petrified Forest


Backpack - Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Explore springtime flora and fauna in the shrub-steppe desert of Central Washington. We'll hike cross-country to an inlet, spending two nights there and go for a day hike on the second day.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,650 ft
  • Pace: 2 - 2.5 mph

Meet at 10AM at the Chevron in Vantage - there are bathrooms there. We will caravan to the TH.

Everyone will be expected to contribute to route-finding as there are no trails other than animal trails. No water is available on the hike in or out, but there is plentiful water (the Columbia River) at our camp. There is a possibility of seeing or experiencing bighorn sheep and yellow belly marmots, but also snakes or ticks on this desert trip.


Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or Ursack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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