Cedar Flats Research Natural Area

Woodland, Washington 98674

Cedar Flats Research Natural Area

Cedar Flats Research Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Stroll through a dark flat above the Muddy River that harbors some of the tallest, oldest, and grandest trees in the state. The trail is short and nearly level, making it easy on the legs. You may strain your eyes and neck however, from constantly cocking your head back to admire the magnitude of so many gigantic trees."

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A FalconGuide to Mount St. Helens (Falcon Guides)
Fred Barstad
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"This short loop walk through magnificent old-growth forest is an excellent hike for small children, with adult supervision. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the huge trees, moss- and fern-covered ground and logs, and dense understory of this low-elevation, Temperate Zone rain forest." Read more
Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Looping through a cathedral forest of massive western red cedars and Douglas-fir, this trail offers a lesson in forest ecology. There are countless examples of life springing from death. Huge logs lie across the valley floor—the remains of ancient trees that finally died of age. Vibrant, young trees now grow from these great logs, nourished by the decaying wood of the old giants. Lush mosses, lichens, and ferns carpet the forest and give the trail an emerald glow. From the second half of the trail, you can enjoy views of the Muddy River." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
40-60 minutes
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mt St. Helens 332S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018