Petrified Forest Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Petrified Forest Trail is a 5.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 5.6 km Elevation Gain: 535 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Steep but very cool trail.

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9 months ago

amazing trail with amazing views! there are several petrified trees including a redwood that is laying on its side just amazing!

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10 months ago

Awesome!!!

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11 months ago

Challenging hike with stunning views of the valley. Previous night’s storm made the steep portion of the climb all but impossible- muddy slope was like trying to scramble up a hill of peanut butter. Saw lots of bison and pronghorns. Would love to try again under drier conditions.

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11 months ago

Challenging short hike. Did it in about 2.5 hours. Steep climb in some parts. Great views at the top. There weren't many petrified trees which is misleading in the name of this trail. Did see some tho. Overall a good hike.

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Sun May 12 2019

Beautiful!!! Short and challenging. Amazing views and nature.

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Sat Mar 30 2019

The geology on this trail is great. Saw a bear and lots of other wildlife. The petrified trees are on the side of the mountain its a bit rough getting there

Wed Sep 05 2018

There is no sign at the trail head. You’ll have to use your app to be sure you’re there. Tough uphill climb. The park is attempting to reroute hikers to avoid vertical sections that are being eroded. Try to find the less steep alternatives. Be aware of bears — it is the Lamar Valley. All that said, it has great views and you do get to some great petrified trees — still standing in their original spots, but only a few feet high. We saw about 10. There may be more.

Sat Sep 01 2018

very strenuous getting up and getting down can also be tricky because of how steep it is. Saw some pronghorn, buffalo and a hawk. views from the top are great.

Tue Jul 17 2018

It was a strenuous hike to the top of the hill, but all steps worth. We saw wunderful flowers and many butterflys on the path. Ponghorns and Bisons. Nice petrified trees on the top of the hill.

Wed Jul 11 2018

Great hike! You can see at least 10 petrified trees (trunks upright, laying down) crystallized over 150 million years ago. The ascent is steep but loaded with wildflowers and spectacular views of Yellowstone. Saw elk, antelope, deer and bison.

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Sat Aug 19 2017

amazing scenery, quite steep but worth the climb up to view amazing petrified trees and stumps.

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Wed Jun 25 2014

Awesome hike. Fairly difficult but regular petrified tree specimens build in natural breaks.

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Thu Feb 21 2013

Yellowstone has no shortage of striking geology and the Petrified Forest is an exceptional treasure. My husband and I have made the demanding climb to this unique place twice. With the highest regard of the rare and delicate nature of this site, we made the conscientious decision not to collect anything. For those who follow in our footsteps, please only admire the beautiful examples of petrified wood where they belong. Also, sit back and enjoy the view. The road that leads to the park's northeast entrance or the junction with the Grand Loop drive is within sight, although that strip of civilization is a trivial distraction compared to the ambiance that surrounds you. Any traffic is too far to be heard, just a whistle of a breeze in your hair. Perhaps, you will catch the low drawn out sound of wolf song.

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