Winds were gusting to around 40 mph which was OK considering I had just been on Avalanche Peak with possible 100 mph gusts 2 days before. Found a few gigantic logs (almost the size of small sequoias) along with some smaller but standing trunks but missed the "big" petrified forest seen in photos. I assume they were on the other end of that switchback that went flatly through the grove of trees. Ooops. I'll probably try again in another 5-10 years next time I visit the area.
Made it up to Point 7961 with the elk antler as planned.