2017/10/22 – Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry V / 銀杏石化森林州立公園野外之五

North view
North view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Rain all weekend long in the Cascades gave the excuse to do our first fall hike out east. We returned to Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park Backcountry a little over a year later, a conditioning outing for the black pup since his last trip with us in May of this year.

Some scrambling along edge of the basalt cliffs, then we followed the hikers trail to our turnaround spot at Sternberg Point. A large herd of Bighorn Sheep were spotted below the cliff bands. The area became increasingly windy and remained so for over an hour, including the time of our stay at the point.

Vantage Bridge
Vantage Bridge

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Views of the long stretch of Columbia River were excellent, upstream to Sunland Park and downstream past Vantage Bridge. During our previous visit we hiked farther north to Point 1438 by Hole in the Wall, better views into Frenchman Coulee but no view of the bridge.

West wind had stopped blowing in early afternoon, as we dilly dallied our way along the basalt rim back to the parking lot.

Access: Rocky Coulee
Gear: none


  1. Dixie says:

    We hike a lot but worry about hunters. Have you had any problems with hunters thratning your dogs.how are your dogs around wildlife. I have to admit your some time do not behave aproperately.

    1. John says:

      Hi there. If they’re curious they will certain try and go after it. I keep them close and quickly leash just in case. I tend to notice wildlife (Bighorn Sheep in this case) before they do, so I leash them right away.

  2. Dixie says:

    Oops i meant threatening and ours not your.

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