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Saturday’s scene: trees, trees, trees

Old growth cedar forest on the hike to Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park

Cedar grove on Avalanche Lake Trail

This may look like a photo of a bunch of trees to you, but this cedar grove in Glacier National Park is one of my favorite spots along the Avalanche Lake Trail and one of my favorite active travel excursions. After hiking a mile or so by the roaring waters of Avalanche Creek, the trail turns inland and suddenly you’re in a cedar grove of old growth trees (actually you’ve been in the forest the entire time).

But the busy trail seems quieter here. Light filters through the thick stand of cedar trees landing on patches of moss on a mostly level forest floor. It’s as if nature is saying, “come sit in this spot and pay attention to what’s happening here.” If you’re willing to stop your progress toward Avalanche Lake for just a bit, you’ll watch chipmunks scampering in and out of downed limbs while birds sing as they flit about from branch to branch. Close your eyes, take in a deep breath and just be in the cool peaceful forest.

Although it’s tempting to hurry on to the prime reason for hiking this Montana trail—Avalanche Lake—and there are certainly more photos to be taken that offer better scenery, you’ll be happy for the moments you stopped in this curve of the trail on one of the most popular hikes in Glacier National Park.

Have you hiked the Avalanche Lake trail? Did you stop to enjoy the cedar grove or did you rush on by to reach the lake? Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience.

Disclosure: Road Scholar provided this travel experience, but the opinions are my own.

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