Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ross Creek Cedar Grove is a Montana Hobbit Forest


The Ross Creek Cedar Grove is in Northwest Montana.  The area features giant Western Red Cedar, a wonderful hiking path, lush undergrowth and many birds, including woodpeckers.

To the left is the view that my wife referred to as "like a little Hobbit forest."

And the Ross Cedar Grove is so untypical of most of Montana's flora.  Here, with a lower elevation and greater rainfall, the old growth cedars thrive, with ferns and moss and green water creating a scene that could be the setting for a hobbit movie, (I guess).

Some of the old trees are said to be nearly 500 years old.  I've seen a giant tree that must have been eight-feet across.  It did remind me of the giant redwoods.


(Click on photo to open large size view.)

You travel here east from Spokane, Washington, or northwest from Missoula, Montana.  The area is adjacent to the Cabinet Mountains and near Bull Lake in Montana. Take State Highway 56 north from State Highway 200 which runs through Thompson Falls in Montana.  We tried to stay at a nearby campground called "Bad Medicine," but we actually felt the bad medicine and hurried away.  We eventually camped along the Bull River, which has a very nice campground. 

 

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1 comment:

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Wow- Great place for a hike, Doug!

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