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Trail Well Traveled – 1/13

Welcome to the Trail Well Traveled!

Each Friday, in partnership with Montana Wilderness Association we will feature a new western Montana trail and then give one lucky listener some cool goodies to help them embark on their journey!

Ross Creek Cedars Trail #405

Majestic, towering cedars with a short nature trail accessible year-round

Roundtrip: The loop is .9 miles, but distance from parking to trailhead is variable based on the season

Directions: From Missoula, take Highway 200 north through Noxon to its junction with Highway 56. Head north another 16.7 miles, and then turn left onto paved Forest Road 398.

Note: December 1 through May 1, a gate restricts motor vehicles from traversing the final 3.25 miles to the trailhead. Parking is available at the gate – so you’ll definitely want to bring your skis or snow shoes!

What to expect: The path winds through some of the oldest trees in Montana – many of which are more than 10 feet in diameter and nearly 1,000 years old!

Though it’s only a one-mile loop, you’ll want to plan an hour or more in order to have time for photos, reading interpretive signs and pausing to take in the glory of these giants!

Plan for a full day in the winter months, as you’ll first enjoy a magical cross-country trek from the parking lot to the trailhead itself!

Learn more about this trail, file your own trip report and photos, or check out some other great hikes at And don’t forget to tune in to the Trail 103.3 each Friday at 9:50 am for the next featured trail and your chance to win!

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