Ross Creek Cedars and South Fork

Mileage: 0.9 mile roundtrip trail that connects to South Fork. Check out the South Fork’s 8-mile roundtrip in winter with snowshoes

Elevation Gain: Minimal 

Difficulty: Easy

Major Hike Features: Calm. Quiet. Cool. Peaceful. If you’re looking to slow down your life a bit, you can’t do much better than Ross Creek Cedars. This grove of beautiful, majestic cedars features a looping path that hikers of all fitness and skill levels can enjoy. Whether you go alone or bring the entire family along, you can expect a fascinating tour through local ecology, complete with placards explaining the flora and fauna. 

The fun doesn’t stop during the winter! Grab a pair of snowshoes and explore the South Fork that connects to the mile-long loop. This 8-mile snowshoe trek will require more exertion than the summertime Ross Creek Cedar experience, but the rewards are worth it. 

Just remember to come prepared. You’ll want to bring:

  • Plenty of water. There is no water along the trail and the first two miles is on a mostly exposed and sunny slope. 
  • Hiking Poles. The trial is steep with loose rock. 
  • A map. The trail can be hard to find sometimes. 
  • Long pants. Overgrown brush, downed trees, can be abundant in early summer before our volunteer trail crew clears the path. 
  • A trowel to do your business and a bag for your trash. There is not bathroom at the trailhead so you’ll have to bury your business and pack out your toilet paper. 

Directions to Trailhead: Take Hwy 56 and watch for the forest service sign for Ross Creek Cedars which is about a half mile South of Bull Lake. Follow the signs to the parking lot for the Cedars.

In Winter: After turning off Hwy 56, the Ross Creek Cedars road will be plowed, or well traveled.  About 1.5 to 2 miles down the road, there is a wide spot for parking on the main road, while the access road to the Cedars is on the left.  Watch for the signs.  Park there and walk, snowshoe, or ski the access road to the Cedars. 

GPS Coordinates: 48.208774, -115.913785

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