Vertical petrified log (08/2002)

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Comments (6)

MaxFarrar on April 3, 2010

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.

Urias E. Takatohi on April 3, 2010

Thanks for you comment. You can see a good research paper on the subject at - 1997 --- Volume 24

MaxFarrar on August 22, 2011

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.

Urias E. Takatohi on August 22, 2011

Very nice MaxFarrar. I'm not sure of the accuracy of the location of my pictures.

MaxFarrar on August 29, 2011

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.

Urias E. Takatohi on August 30, 2011

I was there in 2002 with a group guided by the man who made a research at the site. See: 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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  • Uploaded on January 19, 2008
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    by Urias E. Takatohi
    • Camera: SONY CYBERSHOT
    • Taken on 2002/08/15 15:12:51
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    • Focal Length: 8.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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