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Trail of the Cedars

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 4.1 (26)

One of Glacier's two wheelchair accessible trails, it takes you through the parks only cedar forest.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Loop

3,451' 1,052 m

High

3,406' 1,038 m

Low

42' 13 m

Up

46' 14 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

ADA Accessible

Description

As one of Glaciers few wheelchair accessible trails, the Trail of the Cedars is very popular, and not without good reason. Its level boardwalk trail takes visitors among some of the oldest and largest trees in the park.

Starting either from the parking area or the Avalanche Campground, it's a loop trail. No matter which way you go you'll pass over Avalanche Creek, where the junction for the Avalanche Lake Trail begins. You'll hike over a mixture of hard-packed gravel and boardwalks, through an ecosystem that wont be found anywhere else in the park. The peaceful stroll can get rather crowded, so come early if you want to avoid the rush.

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Flora & Fauna

The trail is named after the towering trees you'll hike beneath. This forest, resembling the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, is the only one of it's kind in Glacier.

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Shared By:

Michael Faist

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  4.1 from 25 votes

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Photos

Avalanche Creek carving its way towards McDonald Creek.
Nov 13, 2015 near Red Roc…, MT
One of many iconic red cedars along the way.
Jun 16, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Trail of the Cedars. with permission from 100peaks 100peaks.com
Jun 16, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT
Lush, green forest along the Trail of the Cedars. with permission from David Cure-Hryciuk
Jun 16, 2016 near Red Roc…, MT

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Jul 3, 2020
Sue Bornhoeft
Nov 29, 2019
Aaron Craig
Very scenic, the waterfalls were great. 1mi — 0h 25m
Oct 15, 2019
Sara Breckon
Sep 27, 2019
Diane Pastor
Sep 18, 2019
Milly S
Did this at the end of Avalanche Lake! 0.9mi — 0h 12m
Sep 12, 2019
Christina Doan
Aug 31, 2019
Vicki K
Aug 31, 2019
Meghan McNamara