Hemlock Grove Trail

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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This is a short interpretive trail along a boardwalk through an old-growth forest. This trail is suitable for both wheelchairs and strollers, as well as the visually impaired. Rainy day? Hemlock Grove is perfect—no mud, and the density of the forest will keep you quite dry, even in a downpour. This 400-meter boardwalk is Glacier’s most accessible trail. It takes you through an old-growth stand of massive western red cedar and western hemlock, including some trees more than 350 years old. Once you enter the trail you’ll be overcome by the size of the trees and the thickness of this rain forest’s lush green undergrowth. Because two-thirds of the park is made up of rock, ice, avalanche track, or alpine meadow, this type of old-growth forest is extremely rare; it thrives in the cool, moist air of the Columbia Mountains. This short trail is well worth the stop; if you’re lucky you may spot a few chickadees, red crossbills, or pileated woodpeckers.

Hemlock Grove Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a short interpretive trail along a boardwalk through an old-growth forest. This trail is suitable for both wheelchairs and strollers, as well as the visually impaired. Rainy day? Hemlock Grove is perfect—no mud, and the density of the forest will keep you quite dry, even in a downpour. This 400-meter boardwalk is Glacier’s most accessible trail. It takes you through an old-growth stand of massive western red cedar and western hemlock, including some trees more than 350 years old. Once you enter the trail you’ll be overcome by the size of the trees and the thickness of this rain forest’s lush green undergrowth.

Because two-thirds of the park is made up of rock, ice, avalanche track, or alpine meadow, this type of old-growth forest is extremely rare; it thrives in the cool, moist air of the Columbia Mountains. This short trail is well worth the stop; if you’re lucky you may spot a few chickadees, red crossbills, or pileated woodpeckers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Revelstoke
Distance: 0.3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 10 to 30 minutes
Season: Best mid-June through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,986 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: Rogers Pass (Glacier National Park, The Adventure Map); Glacier, 82 N/5
Driving Directions: Directions to Hemlock Grove Trail

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May 2018