Hiking the Trail of Cedars in Glacier National Park is an easy and rewarding experience. It is a hike that is both beautiful, short and has options if you want to extend it. Footing is great, and most of the trail is paved or has a walkway.
How to get to the trailhead.
The trail is in the same pull off as the Avalanche Campground. An awesome campground by the way. I have another post about this campground because I loved it so much! There is limited parking so if your camping in the Avalanche Campground, then you can walk from your campsite to the trail head and leave your car at your campsite.
Glacier National Park has Grizzly Bears as well as Black Bears. While most bears fear humans more than we fear them, be weary and bring your bear spray with you in the event you need to deter a bear attack. It’s not likely but just be safe rather than sorry.
The start to the hike is a flat dirt trail, and you will quickly find yourself surrounded by the giant cedar trees. They are big, beautiful and magnificent.
New and old growth
There is an abundance of new and old growth in this forest. This place gets a lot of rain and snow giving life to the forest, and always creating new growth even onto of old growth.
Waterfalls and other trails…
At the halfway point of this trail, you get to an area where the forest gets thicker, and there is a turn off for the Avalanche Lake Trail, you can take this trail to go back and see a beautiful basin surrounded by huge mountains and a crystal clear lake.
We didn’t take the avalanche trail, and continued on to the trail across a bridge and found a sweet waterfall. While it is a small fall, its beauty makes up for its small stature.
The water was very clear and beautiful! That glacial water just makes me happy!
Once you cross the bridge and the waterfall you’ll be on a mostly wood platform walkway. Its kind of nice because it lets the forest floor grow strong and healthy and do what it does with out humans trampling everywhere.
Keep an eye out for…
The trees are huge here off course, as I already showed, and there are loads of different species. There are also many plants and they are cool enough to put small placards of descriptions of the plants. Its interesting to me to know what I’m looking at. Here is an example.
Along the trail you can catch glimpses of the creek that flows from the waterfall that I showed earlier. Its beautiful and fun to see when passing through the trees. It feels like your in an enchanted forest.
The trees are amazing here and I have two different pictures showing that there are different kinds of trees, the bark is completely different. Its so cool!
Mini cliffs and mosses…
Another section of this hike passes an area where there are small cliffs and because there is so much moisture here they constantly have moss and growth on them . I think it’s so cool how nature can find a way to grow anywhere.
When I see nature thriving anywhere possible, it means I have no excuse to not try to grow every day myself.– Me
Wrapping up the hike, you end up on this wood walkway most of the way until you reach one more bridge which will lead back to the begging of the trail.
All good things must come to an end, at least for a trail. Completing any trail is always nice because, you can always look back in your life and say, hey! I did that before. Plus you were just surrounded by natures beauty for however long you were hiking or exploring.
This trail was awesome! If you end up in Glacier National Park, make sure you stop to hike the Trail of the Cedars. Its a great warm up for other hikes if you’re going to spend a good amount of time in the parks. Also if you stay in the Avalanche campground, you have no reason not to walk this trail. Its so close to the campground.
I wish I could take my family here, I hope they can see it one day and have the experiences that I had! Glacier you were good to us!
Check out these other stops on this massive road trip.
- Avalanche Campground, Glacier National Park, Montana
- Palisades Campground, Idaho
- Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah
- Hiking to Hidden Falls At Jenny Lake, Wyoming
- Secret Aspen Grove Campground, Utah
I didn’t spend much time in Glacier, but im really hoping to go back someday and explore many more of the trails around the National Park, as well as do some kayaking and fishing in Lake McDonald. Until next time Glacier it was awesome!
“After a days walk, everything has twice its usual value.”