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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Central Washington


Central Washington -- Yakima
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5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.


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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.

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.


Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9493, -120.0092 Open map in new window


Central Washington -- Yakima

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

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

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakim

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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