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Trail of the Cedars

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 4.2 (38)

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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  4.2 from 38 votes

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#3

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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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Sep 27, 2022
Brett Wolfley
Sep 2, 2022
Sushma Shatharaja
5h 10m
Jun 26, 2022
Eugene Kolo
Jun 22, 2022
Alicia Stellmacher
Beautiful wooded scenery and views of falls. 0.9mi
Jun 13, 2022
Lisa Simon
Sep 13, 2021
Adam Purdy
Sep 3, 2021
Scott S
Sep 1, 2021
Suhyeon Hwang