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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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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

98%

Runnable

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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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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Trail Run Project Staff with improvements by Mike Langenkamp

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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#10,818

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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
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
A view of the trail as it winds its way through the monument.
Jun 29, 2019 near Cascade…, CO

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