Trail of the Cedars is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

walking
1 month ago

Easy, ADA accessible trail. Shaded with large cedar trees. We were not planning to stop, but decided to at the last second. Good for kids too.

walking
1 month ago

More of a stroll than a hike, there isn’t a lot to see on this trail, but it does serve a purpose.

The entire trail is boardwalk and pavement with handicap accessibility throughout. The loop winds through heavy forest, and the park has installed signs to educate walkers about trees on the trail. The entire path is covered by the forest canopy, so there is no exposure. Overall the trail is reminiscent of an eastern US nature trail.

If you have children, mobility issues, or are just tired from some other trails, this is good way to spend a half hour or so. It can help you warm up for a more strenuous hike and learn more about the trees that populate a portion of the park.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, nearly flat loop through a cedar grove with a few other types of conifer trees. Mostly asphalt or boardwalk. Popular because it is the easiest trail in Glacier National Park. Many people also hike this trail as the start of a hike to Avalanche Lake. Overall, a pleasant short walk if you are not up for one of the park's harder trails.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail and there’s a nice little bonus hike here to go out to the lake. Beautiful historic cedars!

hiking
3 months ago

Get there early - 9 am parking will go fast. The hike is relatively easy but the views when you get there are worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, beautiful as always!

hiking
4 months ago

easy and beautiful hike. very relaxing walk through the old growth cedars

hiking
4 months ago

A nice walk through a red cedar forest. It is quite a busy place even after 6pm!! If you are after solitude, this is not a place for it. Still a nice walk and nice scenery to boot

walking
4 months ago

Easy trail but very relaxing with great views. It was so nice just to sit along the stream.

4 months ago

For such an easy trail, this one was so beautiful! Get there early to beat the crowds. Pretty early on in the trail, we had an encounter with a beautiful black bear that came to the creek for some water. He was within 20 yards and casually walked on, then ran across the trail. We also saw a deer in the distance. This truly is a beautiful little stroll through a lush ecosystem.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots to learn and great for a quick jaunt. We were expecting something less paved and more nature-y, which is the reason for the 3 stars. Good for elderly, children, and those who are less athletic!

hiking
4 months ago

Looked like a neat easy path but only got to do a little bit of it as closed for construction.

hiking
4 months ago

good hike total down pour beautiful scenery

4 months ago

Most of this trail was closed down for my visit hopefully construction will finish up for my next trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy and beautiful, with particularly gorgeous views of Avalanche Creek.

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail! Easy for all ages. Nicely kept boardwalks is a good portion of the hike. Awesome views of avalanche creek.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful forest, go early to beat the crowd. Hike to avalanche lake for a good day trip!

5 months ago

A nice trail for any age

fishing
5 months ago

did this trail in early Aug 2016. the. hiked the rest of the way to avalanche lake. Best decision of the whole trip.

6 months ago

Easy and beautiful trail that even small children can easily walk!

walking
9 months ago

Nice walk through the forest , much of it on boardwalk. Plenty of room. Great look at some amazing trees up close Fallen cedar with roots on end is an amazing natural work of art !

walking
Friday, September 15, 2017

Groomed trail, very wide & flat with a boardwalk section. Great creekside scenery amid giant trees makes it seem like you're further in the forest than you are

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Very nice little hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hiked this loop in conjunction with the Avalanche Lake Trail. Great views. Very heavy People Pollution!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Easy hike, beautiful views. Wish it was longer :)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Very easy trail along gorgeous glacier blue river water and majestic trees.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Excellent condition on the trail. Really enjoyed the natural beauty

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nice Cedar forest, heavily travelled.

walking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I walked this in late-April via a closed-to-vehicles Going-to-the-Sun Road. It's a very easy and pretty boardwalk trek with lots of photo opps. Pick this if you're looking for a nice, tree-canopied stroll.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful scenery with wooden walkway for most. Great for smaller kids! Several areas close to gorgeous streams.

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