Hemlock Grove Trail Topo Map

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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.

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Mar 2018