Hiking the Fossil Forest Day Hike

Hiking the Fossil Forest Day Hike

$195.00
Dates:
July 17
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Karen Williams
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Geology, Hiking, Natural History

Hike to the remains of a petrified forest, comprised of trees very different from those found in Yellowstone National Park today. Fossilized, or petrified, trees tell us something about the ancient climate of Yellowstone, as well as the geologic forces active at that time that caused the forests to turn to stone. Though you will hike to one remnant forest, you will learn about other fossil forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

About the instructor

Karen Williams is a geomorphologist who earned a PhD in earth sciences from Montana State University. She is also a professional engineer and has taught geomorphology and mountain geography at Montana State. Karen loves interpreting the genesis of landscapes through field observation and teaching others how to see the landscape with a fresh perspective.

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We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.

SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.