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Petrified Forest Loop Trail

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A self guided trail that showcases giant petrified redwood tree stumps up to 14 ft wide.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

8,400' 2,560 m

High

8,329' 2,539 m

Low

78' 24 m

Up

73' 22 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A self guided tour, that showcases the highlights of the park, along an easy one-mile loop

Description

The trail is a one mile self guided tour that takes you in a counter-clockwise lop and returns you to the visitors center. The trail leads through the beds of ancient Lake Florissant and passes numerous giant petrified redwood tree stumps, including the colorful "Big Stump".

The fossil beds were created roughly 34 million years ago when nearby volcanoes erupted and the ensuing ash fall worked to preserve an enormous variety of insects, leaves, and whole trees in what was then Lake Florissant, a large fresh water lake.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Mike Langenkamp

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Through Petrified Forest Loop Trail.
Feb 22, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Big Stump on the Petrified Forest Loop.
Mar 9, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Ponderosa redwood stump overlook.
Mar 9, 2016 near Cascade…, CO
Ancient Clones Redwood.
Mar 9, 2016 near Cripple…, CO
Looking back toward the visitor center, you can see corrals that protect the petrified redwood stumps.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cascade…, CO
You can see the Hornbek homestead from the trail. The Hornbek Wildlife Loop trail is a 2.8-mile trail that will lead you out there.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cascade…, CO

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Jul 25, 2020
Bob Reed
Jun 27, 2020
Stephen Pack
Jun 21, 2020
Erin Watkins
1mi
Feb 15, 2020
Matthew Rosenquist
1mi
Feb 15, 2020
Stephanie Baker
Oct 18, 2019
Rachel Pierstorff
1mi
Sep 22, 2019
Ryan William
Jun 21, 2019
David Hitchcock
Nice hike, despite deteriorating weather conditions. Learned a lot about the history of the park and the petrified redwoods. 1.1mi