Astonishing. I had never heard of these trees before and I hate to admit it, but I am retirement age. Checking the web, there seems to be a lot of controversy about how these vertical fossilized trees got where they are.
Thanks for you comment.
You can see a good research paper on the subject at http://www.grisda.org/origins/index.htm - 1997 --- Volume 24
I walked 2 miles up Specimen Crk yesterday to the Y and the first campsite but not far enough to see the trees. With new boots my feet were killing me. I'll try again next year. I hope you are well Urias.
Very nice MaxFarrar. I'm not sure of the accuracy of the location of my pictures.
I will have to do some research and locate them exactly before I go up there again. The signs at the trailhead don't mention petrified trees at all. I talked to some horse riders on the trail and they mentioned seeing some petrified wood, but no vertical tree trunks. I was a little worried while I was walking because there were bears in the area and I was alone with no bear spray. It was a nice walk, though, and I didn't get eaten.
I was there in 2002 with a group guided by the man who made a research at the site. See: http://www.grisda.org/origins/24002.htm Even walking in group it was said to pay attention to the possibility of bears in the area. About the location I know for sure that we turned left after walking some distance by the creek trail and took a steep trail up. Along the trail it was easy to find rocks with fossil leaf prints and petrified wood fragments.
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Photo taken in Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Yellowstone National Park
Misplaced? Suggest new location