Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Ranger-guided Hiking Tour (April 2022)

Geology geeks, fossil fanciers, history buffs, hikers, rock hounds and lovers of the Natural World, join us for a special Ranger-guided hiking tour into the hills and valleys of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park located just two hours from Seattle. Interpretive Ranger Kevin Lieske will be leading the hike, focusing on the spring wildflowers and the cataclysmic events that transformed the landscape of Central Washington. This tour is open to all Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, American Asians, Pacific Islanders, and our allies.

Depending on the weather, the hike will be up to 5 miles in total with a maximum elevation gain of approximately 500 feet. This is very sun-exposed and high-wind terrain with no shade or water access. Be sure to pack for all weather conditions with appropriate footwear, water, food/snacks, and clothing layers. The trail consists of loose, rocky terrain in places. If you typically hike with poles, it is suggested that you bring those with you.

The duration of the hike is estimated to be 4-5 hours, with a lunch stop. After the hike, we’ll check out the fossil exhibits and gift shop inside the interpretive center and have a raffle drawing for a signed copy of Craig Romano and Judy Bentley’s newly-released book Hiking Washington’s History. Ice cream might be involved if we’re fortunate.

Make it a weekend with camping or lodging? Rocky Coulee and Sand Hollow campgrounds are within 10 minutes of the interpretive center. Microtel Inn in George is within 18 minutes and and the Ellensburg Days Inn is within 30 minutes.

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Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Meet time: 9:30 a.m. — Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Hike mileage: Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles
Estimated event duration: 5 hours
Address: Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Interpretive Center, 630 Ginkgo Avenue, Vantage, WA 98950. A Discover Pass is needed or you can buy a one-day pass for $10 at the park
Max capacity: 23 persons
Bring: Sack lunch, clothing layers, hiking poles if you use them, water, snacks, camera, notebook if you’d like to take notes
Cost: This is a donation-based event created to support our Black to the Park™ initiative. Please read about the initiative, donate, and join this special geological guided tour.