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Petrified Forest Loop Trail

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1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 78' 24 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 8,400' 2,560 m
Low: 8,329' 2,539 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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

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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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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
Aug 21, 2018
Mike Langenkamp
Jun 30, 2017
Amina Lea
Jun 27, 2014
Cristi P
1.1mi — 1h 11m

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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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