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Day Hike - Ginkgo Petrified Forest

This is a moderate, flower rich 7 mile Naturalists roundtrip hike in the backcountry of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 850 ft

Meet at Ginkgo State Park visitor center off I-90 in Vantage at 9 AM. For those carpooling from Seattle we will meet at Ravenna P&R beneath I-5 at 65th N and north of 65th opposite the expresso store at 6:30 AM sharp.

Those who would like to drive directly should e-mail me for coordination purposes.

Trips are described in Best Desert Hikes Washington by Nelson and Bauer. The “backcountry” hike begins on a road and then travels a short distance easily cross-country through open sage to locate a footpath on the edge of a bench overlooking the Columbia River. In as much as this is a Naturalists outing we will be making plenty of stops for identification and appreciation purposes. At the same time, to reach the end of the hike where many of the best opportunities will be found, a good pace will be maintained. Bring sunscreen and binoculars and a hand lens if you have one. Best field guide for the area is Washington Wildflowers by Turner and Gustafsen. Best app is Washington Wildflowers by Turner. The nearest plant list is "Lower Rocky Coulee" in Kittitas County on the WNPS plants list.

We will begin with the 'Backcountry hike" and if time allows some may want to come back to the interpretive trails later in the day.


Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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