Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Murray, Idaho and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

old growth

snow

hiking
28 days ago

I only clocked 2 miles so perhaps I missed something. Beware of the wasp nest, the stinging nettle and SO MANY BUGS. Otherwise pretty trail. The creek was great for the pup and the water is ICE COLD. Nothing too spectacular to note though. Would be a great trail for kiddos!

30 days ago

Beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail so far. Absolutely beautiful, serene and peaceful. Even the burned trees added to the magic.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the prettiest trails I’ve ever been on

1 month ago

The road leading to the parking area is passable but full of potholes. The up and back trail is well distinguished. It’s about 3 miles in total distance and less than 500 feet in elevation hail. The trees reminded us of Redwood National Park.

1 month ago

2 months ago

We enjoyed the hike. The trail is in good shape and the bridges are as well. I would recommend it for young families and all ages. It was sad to see all the damage done by the fire.

2 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Perfect with kids or people with lower stamina. Not one challenging part. Took our 2, 5 and 7 year olds and they loved it. Trail has a few muddy sections and a mild rock hop creek crossing. Parking lot is large and has a vault toilet. The road in had a few sections washed out, but was fully passable by a full sized rig.
Don't miss the hidden box in the end of the log that marks the trail's end.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail on May 14th. beautiful drive of the Coeur D'alene River taking Thompson Falls pass to Murray. Turn off was a few miles before the town of Murray. The road up was very narrow with quite a few potholes and a little snow towards the end before the parking lot. Be careful because part of the road was washed out but still possible. The road follows the creek all the way up to the parking lot. That in itself was a beautiful sight to see rushing with the winter run off! It is a very easy family friendly 3.3 round trip flat trail. The trail follows a beautiful Creek over running the trail at times but there are makeshift foot bridges of logs and rocks. you will also Passover three beautiful wood bridges wandering through the ancient Grove of Cedars. The trail was closed the past few years due to a fire in 2013, reopening in 2017 with lots of new growth on the forest floor. Although many of the seeders have Fallin or have been charged by the fire, it is still a magnificent, magical place to visit!

3 months ago

As of April 30 there is still a ton of snow up there and we couldn’t make it to trail head. Waist deep in spots as you get closer to the trailhead. Still hiked a few miles up the road/creek and it was stunning. Such a beautiful area

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Yes the road is pretty narrow so make sure to honk as you are coming around some corners/blind spots we almost had a head on collision because us and the other car couldn't see each other! Other than that such a beautiful scenic drive up to the trail! Please make sure to bring bug spray, lots of bugs on the trail but it was very much worth it to see all those beautiful ancient cedars on such an easy hike. Additionally, they do have a couple benches where you can sit and take a break if need be or just relax and enjoy the sounds of the river :-)

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daniel Mitchell's review sums it up nicely. Note that the unimproved road to the trailhead is about 5 miles. Not too bad but pretty slow going.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This is an easy hike, very family-friendly. It is mostly level trail for most of the way, all shaded, and cool on this otherwise hot July 4th. The trail meanders through very old cedar trees, and crosses a lovely creek several times. A forest fire did considerable damage to these beautiful trees, two years ago, but this is still worth a visit, if you are in the area.

Be advised that the road to the trailhead is not improved. It is a single lane, gravel road, with pull-outs. You don’t need a 4 wheel drive to make it, but expect a few bumps and a lot of dust.

By the way, the entire trail is finally open, after nearly two years of repairs!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Would give 5 stars but trail is only open for 0.7 mile. Huge cedars are very impressive esp ones that toppled from the fire. Part that is open is very nice and workers did a great job removing a large number of downed trees.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Drove 2.5 hours to hike this trail after reading an article that said it was opening today. Just to find out 1 mile up the hike, the trail was closed. Would have been nice to see that posted on this website before we made the trip. Even a note at the trail head would have been nice. :(

hiking
Thursday, May 07, 2015

We went about 4 miles out and turned back due to sunset. The road is mostly clear of trees. The trail has quite a few down after the first mile or so. Such a beautiful area!

hiking
Friday, February 20, 2015

We made an attempt to get to the trail since the weather was so nice and we haven't been getting snow in town, but the road to the trailhead is still under over a foot of snow. We didn't have a vehicle capable of getting up the road. Snowshoes are needed!

13 days ago

Saturday, August 05, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017