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Racehorse Landslide fossils

Here’s a place to collect 50-million-year old plant fossils from the Chuckanut Formation. The Racehorse Creek landslide, which occurred in January of 2009, has left a lot of small, fossil-bearing rock slabs in the rubble. The field trip description is here on Northwest Geology Field Trips.

Racehorse fossil fields- update

I visited the Racehorse Fossil Fields up the North Fork Nooksack on July 10. I have updated the access directions. If you haven’t been there in a while you may marvel at the amount of biomass that is now covering the 2009 landslide and growing on the road. It is now a foot path, in […]

Racehorse Fossil Fields- NEW UPDATE

Thanks to subscriber Craig O for a detailed update on access to the fossil fields east of Bellingham. Craig visited Racehorse Fossil Fields with a church youth group on July 21. For the second time this summer I have significantly updated the access directions on the field trip page. This is the place where we […]

Racehorse Landslide Fossil Fields- access update

Friends, I received a reliable report from Saturday, August 9, 2014 from my friends Bob and Adena on conditions at the Racehorse Creek landslide fossil fields. Here is the report, which I’ll add to the webpage for the fossil fields ( https://nwgeology.wordpress.com/the-fieldtrips/the-chuckanut-formation/the-racehorse-landslide-fossil-fields/). “The place is hardly recognizable. No changes to the trail in from the road […]

Racehorse Landslide Fossil Beds- big rockfall; trail is brushed out

George Mustoe (WWU Geology Department) visited the famous Chuckanut fossils in the Racehorse Fossil Beds a few days ago. He sends a report  on trail access. (If you aren’t familiar with this place up the Nooksack east of Bellingham, this is the site of the 2009 landslide that exposed the 11-inch-wide foot prints of the […]

Racehorse Landslide fossil fields- access update

Since completion of logging adjacent to the Racehorse Creek fossil fields (Chuckanut Formation), the road has been blocked off about 100 yards below the trail- a tad less driving, a tad more walking. There are big berms built across the access road, but you can walk around them on the right, through the bushes. See […]

The Racehorse landslide fossil fields

By Dave Tucker   originally posted in 2010. Access update in July , 2020 ACCESS July 12, 2020. These directions have been completely updated today, after I was there on July 11.  If you do this trip, please send reports of current conditions and also photos of your fun day to me. See the comments below […]

Field trip to the 2009 Racehorse Creek rock slide

A geological exploration of a deep-seated bedrock landslide By Dave Tucker. January 10, 2010 A field trip to the January 2009 bedrock landslide in Racehorse Creek makes for a fun and very worthwhile 1/2 day geo- hike from Bellingham. In addition to visiting the large landslide, there are lots of fossil plants in the blocks […]

Eocene Chuckanut display at WWU

By Dave Tucker   February 19, 2012 New exhibits have been added to the WWU Geology Department museum showcasing fossil tracks from the Racehorse Creek landslide (field guide to the landslide here and the fossil fields here). A slab of sandstone holding a track of the 8-foot-tall flightless bird Diatryma was put on display in 2010; […]

Ancient track of giant bird Diatryma now on display at WWU

By Dave Tucker  October 19, 2010. A brand new hallway display at Western Washington University prominently features the 11-inch foot track of Diatryma, a 7-fo0t-tall flightless bird that roamed the river plains of western Washington in the Eocene, 50 million years ago. The track was recovered from debris exposed in the Racehorse Creek landslide of […]