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A lot of elevation gain but mostly marked well, and there are petrified trees to see along the trail.

Monday, June 05, 2017

It was okay... most likely will not go again.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The trail itself is decent if you just want to walk. Pretty disappointed in the "forest" which is now just several,16 maybe, petrified trees in iron cages. The visitor center a few miles up the road in Vantage with petroglyphs was worth stopping for to see lava beds and other not caged petrified trees. If you swing by the gift shop, they can point you in the direction of both trails, which start a good ten miles from each other somewhat confused on the trail the one listed here was very short but very cool.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Stopped to do this hike after briefly visiting the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park that is two miles further down Vantage Hwy. Discover Pass is required. I believe there is a fee box if you do not have a pass. The trails are groomed. The different petrified log specimens kept my seven year old occupied on the hike. WTA refers to this trail as Gingko Petrified Forest Interpretive Trails. Could be a good place to stop and stretch your legs for a bit if you're on a long road trip.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

We picked a windy day to visit, but it was a nice hike. I brought all 3 of my children and they did great! There's a few different trail options ranging from 3/4 mile to 3 miles. The actual petrified wood exhibits was fascinating to look at, but somewhat lack-luster. It would have been nice if there were more info available to read about the site, wood, ect... If you're looking for a low-key family hike, this is it! Beautiful peek-a-boo views of the Columbia River! I'd take my kids back again.

Saturday, April 09, 2016


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Trees are in cages and the trail is otherwise uninteresting. Nice side trip though. Very hot and dry in August.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The trails are well marked and maintained, but there's not a whole lot going on. The stumps that make up the petrified forest are caged, so not very magical. Other than those, it's the same scrubland that covers the rest of the area.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

nice break from the road trip

Friday, August 24, 2012

This is hardly a destination, but rather a stop if convenient. It's also not a forest as the name might suggest. It looks more like a central Washington hillside with petrified sections of trees presumably excavated from various places and brought here for our viewing pleasure. If you happen to need to stretch you legs or are a geologist who fancies petrified object and are traveling through, this is the place to stop.

Monday, April 09, 2012

This is a nice quick trip. Its a self guided interpretive trail, several uncovered petrified trees. There is about 1.5 mile of paved trail and several more miles of unpaved trails. Take lots of water it can be brutally hot in the summer.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

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Saturday, June 15, 2013