Near Packwood in Lewis County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Palisades are Clues to the Past
The edge of the lava flow cooled much faster than the rest of the flows. This made fractures in the columns.
Map showing the general path of the dacite lava flow from a volcano vent on the ridge above Coyote Lake.
(Right Drawing Caption)
Revealing a mystery
Long after the lava cooled, the Clear Fork of the Cowlitz River scoured away softer material, exposing the Palisades.
Location. 46° 41.03′ N, 121° 32.959′ W. Marker is near Packwood, Washington, in Lewis County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 12 0.1 miles east of Forest Service Road 1276, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Palisades Viewpoint scenic pullout. Marker is in this post office area: Packwood WA 98361, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traveling Over the Cascades: Past and Present (within shouting Packwood (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Story of Kloochman Rock (approx. 9.6 miles away); Inspired to Preserve (approx. 11.2 miles away); An Ancient Community (approx. 11.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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