Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

Mileage: 5+ miles RT

Elevation Gain/Highest: 550/1200ft

Map: There are maps available at the TH, GAIA

Favorite Eats After Hike:  Pack A Cooler

Find out current conditions and as always, practice Leave No Trace.  Pretty Please.

My Hike:

8/2014   My sisters visited this state park when we were kids on a 4H camping trip and ever since I have been meaning to go myself.  I can’t tell you how many times I drove through Vantage and said I was going to stop and never did.  I took a trip solely to hike in Eastern Washington and made sure I marked this one off my list. 

Now, it didn’t nearly live up to my expectations, it really was just a walk through petrified tree prison.

That is really how it felt.  I could probably come up with something better to say but that would not be truthful. However, it was a great trail for imagining what desert hiking is like and the views from the top of the hill were cool.   

There are several loops to choose from or just do a quick jaunt up to a viewpoint and back. You should still go, if only to stretch those legs on a long drive across the state.  Oh, and watch for snakes.

 

Directions: From I-90 take exit 136 for Huntzinger Rd. Drive one mile, and turn right on Recreation Rd. Continue 0.5 mile and park in the large parking lot.  There is a bathroom and visitor’s center.  4511 Huntzinger Road Vantage, Washington   98950  You will need a Discover Pass.

 

Check out my Eastern Washington page for more hikes in the area.

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