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Trail of the Cedars, MT

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,508 feet
Elevation Gain 10 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.75
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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2  2017-06-28
Avalanche Lake GNP
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104  2014-07-09
Avalanche Lake GNP
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41  2010-07-21 tibber
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Jul, Aug
Seasons   Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  7:42am - 4:57pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Avalanche Lake GNP
Avalanche Lake GNP
0.8 mi away
5.0 mi
505 ft
McDonald Creek
3.4 mi away
6.8 mi
200 ft
Johns Lake Loop
3.4 mi away
2.4 mi
100 ft
West Lakes Trail
West Lakes Trail
3.9 mi away
Gunsight Pass Trail
4.8 mi away
6.5 mi
3,360 ft
Mount Brown Lookout - GNP
Mount Brown Lookout - GNP
4.8 mi away
9.9 mi
4,206 ft
Fish Lake
4.8 mi away
4.6 mi
1,000 ft
Mount Brown Lookout Trail
Mount Brown Lookout Trail
4.9 mi away
3.7 mi
3,311 ft
Snyder Lakes
4.9 mi away
2.5 mi
1,036 ft
Sperry Glacier Trail
Sperry Glacier Trail
4.9 mi away
4.0 mi
1,600 ft
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Flora Nearby
Stop and smell the cedar
by tibber

About 4 miles north of Lake McDonald Lodge is the Trail of the Cedars. This is a self-guided nature trail that forms a loop through old-growth forest in the bottom of Avalanche Creek. Avalanche Gorge is at the crux of the loop, where the creek passes through red argulite rock walls. The northern leg of the trail follows a boardwalk, while the southern leg is paved. Benches are conveniently placed for those wanting to just sit and admire the beauty. The entire loop is wheelchair accessible.


The Trailhead is located along Going to the Sun Road just east of the Avalanche Creek Campground. Allow an hour to enjoy the interpretive signs along this trail through the serene forest. Near the footbridge over Avalanche Creek is Avalanche Creek Canyon and provides a spectacular scene.

If you look closely as you are walking on the board walk, you will see beautiful ferns and devil's club, moss on the cliff, tiny waterfalls and more. It is a forest of 200-foot high western red cedar and hemlock. It is a wonderfully rich ecological environment. It is difficult to photograph so you'll need your flash. One of the more interesting signs talks about the cedar's resistance to fire.

From the footbridge area, you can access the hike to Avalanche Lake. The lake is rimmed with steep cliffs on three sides with numerous waterfalls cascading downward from the hanging cirque valley formed by Sperry Glacier, which can not be seen from the lake.

The Lake McDonald Lodge was started in 1895 as a hunting lodge. The lodge is similar to the others in and just outside the park, aging but filled with rustic charm and a lovely fireplace in the lobby. At the bottom of the stairs is a boat rental dock for the fisherman. The lake holds 17 kinds of cold water fish, primarily varieties of trout. Various programs are available at the lodge, from ranger-led activities to boat tours on the lake.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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NPS

Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees


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The Avalanche Creek Trail is located in the Lake McDonald area, and begins at the Trail of the Cedars, across the Going-to-the-Sun Highway from Avalanche Campground.
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