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Saturday’s scene: trees, trees, trees

2013/04/06by Donna Hull

cedar grove 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? Tell us about your experience. Alan and I are sure to be spending more time in this favorite spot in Glacier National Park.

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


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Suzanne (Just One Boomer)
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April 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

It looks beautiful. Trees and light combine to produce some lovely effects. Do you have to worry about bears or snakes?

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Donna Hull
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April 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

Suzanne, yes, there are bears and probably snakes. The trail was closed down for a few weeks last summer because of bear activity.
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Mark H April 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I love the gentle light – looks a truly serene location.
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Donna Hull
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April 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

Mark, it was so serene. If we hadn’t been with a group, Alan and I would have spent much more time here.
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Jackie Smith
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April 8, 2013 at 6:00 am

This is my kind of trail. Beautiful photo, Donna.
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Donna Hull
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April 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

Jackie, we think alike!
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Just One Boomer (Suzanne)
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April 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Bears and snakes. This is why I have to do my hiking in New Zealand and Ireland ;-)

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