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Trail of the Cedars

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0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 42' 13 m
Descent: -46' -14 m
High: 3,451' 1,052 m
Low: 3,406' 1,038 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Michael Faist

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

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

Runner Notes

While the trail is level and accessible, it's usually one of the busiest trails in the park. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.

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 run 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.

Visit hike734.com for more expert Glacier content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

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

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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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