Petrified Tree Trail

EASY 7 reviews
#92 of 194 trails in

Petrified Tree Trail is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
0.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

This short walk will take you to an upright petrified tree. Petrified Tree: Subtropical Yellowstone This petrified redwood is a clue to a watmer, damper, more liolent Yellowstone landscape. Anatomically the trunk is indistinguishable from present-day redwoods in California. When a chain of volcanoes erupted here in Eocene times 50 million years ago, they triggered massive landslides into mountain and valley streams. The rolling mix of ash, water and sand buried whole forests. Before the trees could rot, abundant silica in the volcanic flow plugged living cells, creating "forests of stone." Volcanic ash and mudflows obliterated a living landscape yet preserved this t ree for the ages. There wer three redwoods standing here before thoughtless souvenir-hunters chipped away the other two. The 1907 photograph shows a second trunk in the background (before this trunk was fenced).

walking
22 days ago

Short walk to a petrified tree.

2 months ago

Don't spend here your time, there are most beautiful place in Yellowstone!

3 months ago

scenic driving
6 months ago

The petrified tree is right next to the parking lot! This is not a hike.

walking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

An easy walk, not much to see, but if you're there you might as well see it

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Hike to the petrified tree years ago. Wish I remembered more

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Easy hike but it was many years ago