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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Central Washington > Yakima
46.9493, -120.0092 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
550 feet
Highest Point
1200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Flowers blooming in the Gingko Backcountry. Photo by Maddy. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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Gingko Petrified Forest State Park presents a unique look at Central Washington's shrub–steppe. The real experience comes from exploring its backcountry. Continue reading

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Hiking Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Gingko Petrified Forest State Park presents a unique look at Central Washington's shrub–steppe. The real experience comes from exploring its backcountry.

Begin with a short climb up the steep hillside on the north side of Recreation Road, then follow the trail along a broad bench above basalt cliffs.

Shortly after one mile, the trail turns to traverse a side canyon. At the back of the canyon, follow the trail to the top of the ridge and take the old two-track west to Sternberg Point.

Enjoy panoramic views of Babcock Bench and the Columbia River. This makes a good lunch and turnaround point; return by the same route.

In spring, look for blooming Robinson’s onion (a rare endemic), as well as balsamroot, lupine, phlox, desert buckwheat and bitterroot.

Hike Description Written by
David Hagen, WTA Correspondent

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.9493, -120.0092 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90 take exit 136 for Huntzinger Rd. Drive one mile, and turn right on Recreation Rd. Continue 0.5 mile and park on the shoulder.

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Central Washington > Yakima

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakim

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