Specimen Ridge, Yellowstone National Park

Specimen Ridge, el. 8379ft is an approximately 8.5mi ridge along the south rim of the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park. The ridge separates the Lamar Valley from Mirror Plateau. The ridge is oriented northwest to southeast from the Tower Junction area to Amethyst Mountain. The ridge is known for its abundance of amethyst, opal and petrified wood. It was referred to as Specimen Mountain by local miners and was probably named by prospectors well before 1870. The south side of the ridge is traversed by the 18.8mi Specimen Ridge Trail between Tower Junction and Soda Butte Creek. The trail passes through the Petrified Forest and over the summit of Amethyst Mountain el. 9614ft.
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  • This is marked as a very strenuous hike and should be. It is a steep elevation and most of it is is a reasonably well marked trail until the top. Once you reach the elevation sign there is one visible...  more »
  • While the other reviews here praise the 27 km specimen ridge trail which is outstanding on its own merits, I choose to review the ridge itself for its namesake petrified trees which are missed on the ...  more »

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