Trail of The Cedars
The Trail of the Cedars is probably one of the most popular and well-traveled short hikes inside Glacier National Park. This mostly level trail consists of a boardwalk and blacktop trail that is handicapped accessible. The trail takes hikers through a spectacular forest of giant cedar trees, spruce and other species of pine and deciduous trees. Beneath the trees you will be captivated by moss-covered rocks and beautiful ferns and other small native plants that make up the forest floor.
At the far end of the looped trail you will cross over Avalanche Creek and have an opportunity to peer into the beautiful Avalanche Gorge where the waters of Avalanche Creek roar through a thin slot canyon that has been smoothed and shaped into beautiful and unique formations over the years.
Jewel Basin Hiking Area
The Jewel Basin is an area of over 15,300 acres of mountains, valleys, forests and alpine lakes set apart exclusively for hiking, camping and fishing, motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited in the area and on the trails. The region includes more than 35 miles of hiking trails and over 27 named lakes. Jewel Basin lies within the Flathead National Forest between Kalispell and the Hungry Horse Reservoir.
On your way to Glacier National Park, it might behoove you to take a short detour near the town of Hungry Horse and check out the Hungry Horse Dam, which is just a short drive up a side road from highway 2 that leads to the park. This impressive concrete structure is the highest dam in the state of Montana at 564 feet and also one of the largest concrete arch dams in the United States.
The dam was built in 1953 and has been a vital source of power and electricity since that time. It also has benefitted the Flathead Valley in other ways like preventing the frequent flooding that used to take place in many of the towns and communities down stream each year during the spring run off from the mountains.
Flathead Lake is so grand, it has it’s own island! Several islands in fact, but the largest one is actually set aside as a protected state park that visitors can boat or kayak to and enjoy a day of hiking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The island got its catchy moniker from a band of wild horses that still roam free on the island today. There are also several big horn sheep, mule deer and coyotes that roam the island. Legend has it that most of these animals found their way onto the island during the cold winters when the lake becomes frozen over, and then decided to make the place their permanent home.
The island is approximately 2,100 acres in size and it does not allow for any overnight camping or any open fires. The park is a day-use only park so be sure you keep an eye on the clock and get off the island while you still have some light, or you may find yourself having to navigate your way home across the lake in the dark.
Big Sky Water Park is a very welcome attraction for both locals and visitors alike here in northwest Montana when the temperatures begin to rise in the summertime and people are looking for a great way to cool off and have some fun. This is the only waterpark you will find in northwest Montana. The park offers more than a dozen waterslides and other water features to help you cool off and stay entertained during the summertime. You will also find opportunities for miniature golf, arcade games, sand volleyball, a climbing wall and more.