The Ross Creek Scenic Area is located on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. This 100-acre scenic area is home to a grove of giant, ancient western red cedars. Some of these trees grow up to 12 feet in diameter and 175 feet in height. Consisting of 500-year-old giant red cedars in a rain forest atmosphere, this area is a favorite with visitors to the Forest. There is a paved nature trail with informational signs and benches along the route, and it is a very easy walk over mostly flat terrain. The road to the Cedars is newly paved, but there is a trailer parking area at the base because the road is somewhat steep and winding. Ross Creek Trail 142, 4.5 miles in length, is an excellent day hike through a closed canopy of cedars and hemlocks. There is no overnight use; however, Bad Medicine Campground is located nearby.
Length: .9 mile nature trail -- Township 28N, R34W, Section 12.Elevation: 3,400 feet.
Area Map: Kootenai National Forest Visitors Map .USGS Map1: Sawtooth Mountain.
Directions: From Troy, travel west 3 miles on US Highway 2. Turn onto Montana HIghway 56 and travel 21 miles. Turn right onto Ross Creek Road 398 and follow for 4 miles.
Ross Creek Cedar Grove Scenic Area
Kootenai National Forest, Libby, MT 59923
- Nature Area
- Handicapped Accessible