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Specimen Ridge, Yellowstone National Park

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Specimen Ridge, el. 8,379 feet (2,554 m) is an approximately 8.5-mile (13.7 km) 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 18.8-mile (30.3 km) 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. 9,614 feet (2,930 m).
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  • I hiked up to Specimen Ridge when I worked on a Blister Rust crew in 1968. No trails then and spectacular views. Above the tree line, we heard a rustle, went and looked, and saw 10 to 12-inch bear.....  more
    I hiked up to Specimen Ridge when I worked on a Blister Rust crew in 1968. No trails then and spectacular views. Above the tree line, we heard a rustle, went and looked, and saw 10 to 12-inch bear.....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »

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