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Best trails in Fossil

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Explore the most popular trails near Fossil with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Fossil
Top trails (3)
#1 - Geologic Time Trail and Trail of Fossils
Fossil, Oregon
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 42 m
Short series of connected trails at the foot of palisades. This walk combines educational displays about geological periods, discovery of fossils (twigs, leaves, trunks) in a field of boulders and a short climb to the base of the palisades to a natural arch and 2 fossilized tree trunks From NPS site. Arch Trail [1/2 mile round trip] This rough trail climbs steeply to the base of the Palisades. Two fossilized logs form a T about 40 feet above the trail. A delicate stone arch is found at the trails end. Trail of Fossils [1/4 mile loop] This rough trail climbs steeply through a boulder field. It is the best trail to see leaf and wood fossils exposed naturally in the monument. Look for the fossils on the fallen rocks along the trail. Geologic Time Trail [1/2 mile round trip] This trail starts at the picnic area and provides a fantastic view up toward the rocky spires of the Palisades. The trail connects to the Trail of Fossils and Arch Trail.Show more
#2 - Spring Basin Wilderness Loop
Spring Basin Wilderness
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#3 - John Day Fossil Beds
Fossil, Oregon
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m