Getting to the Trail of the Cedars after our Hidden Lake hike was an adventure in and of itself as a storm was getting ready to let loose not more than 10 minutes from Logan Pass. We could see the rain coming up the Valley from the north and west. Once the storm hit full force, we pulled over at a pull-out by Haystack Butte Falls, ate our box lunch (The box lunches from the Rising Sun Two Dog Flats Cafe are very good. We split it between the two of us.) and hoped that the storm would pass so that Ambika could take out her tripod and get some nice pics of the Falls. You can find the photos of the stair step falls coming off of Haystack Butte as part of her Hidden Lake set. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=148900
It actually ended up hailing for a good 5 minutes too but just as quickly as the storm hit, it moved past to Logan Pass.
Once we got our photos of the Falls we made our way to the Trail of the Cedars. I think a person always has a quick moment to take this very short loop. We were lucky to find a place to park right off the bat as it was later in the day. We started on the paved side of the trail first and enjoyed our walk through the tall forest with the luxurious ground cover of ferns and other delicate greenery.
We took a couple of the off-shoot trails that take you to Avalanche Creek. The light for shooting photos was not the best but we made the most of it. Some of the moss is very interesting as is the variety of trees. The Western Cedars smell so wonderful too. (FYI - these cedars are pretty resistant to fire) We made our way to the Gorge where there is a foot bridge with a couple benches so that you can rest your weary bones if you so choose. Well your bones shouldn't be weary after this small jaunt but we had been on our feet for 3 days now doing around 24 miles of hiking.
The lighting was not very good so we took our few photos and headed back via the boardwalk part of the loop. It's such a pretty place with the tall trees, the foliage and the moss covered rocks. There is this one section we go by I call the "weeping rock" as the water flows so gently from it.
Here is a little video of the drive, the storm including the hail, Haystack Butte Falls, Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Gorge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvv8wPCL9pE
It was a beautiful end to 3 1/2 wonderful days in Glacier Park. Little did I know we would be coming back so quickly. See my Four Falls hike on 7-24-2010.