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Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area


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  • National Forest Day Area
The Ross Creek Scenic Area is located on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. This 100-acre scenic area is home to a grove of giant, ancient western red cedars. Some of these trees grow up to 12 feet in diameter and 175 feet in height. Consisting of 500-year-old giant red cedars in a rain forest atmosphere, this area is a favorite with visitors to the Forest.

Available is a paved nature trail, a very easy walk with informational signs and benches along the route. Ross Creek Trail 142 is 4.5 miles in length and is an excellent day hike through a closed canopy of cedars and hemlocks. There is no overnight use however; Bad Medicine Campground is located nearby.

The road to the Cedars is paved but because the road is somewhat steep and winding there is a trailer parking area at the base.

Length: .9 mile nature trail -- Township 28N, R34W, Section 12
Elevation: 3,400 feet.

Area Map: Kootenai National Forest Visitors Map
USGS Map1: Sawtooth Mountain.
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Mailing Address
Kootenai National Forest
12858 US Highway 2
Troy, MT 59935
Spring, Summer, Fall
Special direction map

Special Directions

From Troy, travel east 3 miles on US Highway 2. Turn onto Montana Highway 56 and travel 21 miles. Turn right onto Ross Creek Road 398 and follow for 4 miles.