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Cedar Grove Botanical Area Hike

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Cedar Grove sign (Cheryl Hill)
View from trail (Cheryl Hill)
  • Start point: Cedar Grove Trailhead
  • Ending Point: Cedar Grove Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Out-and-back
  • Distance: 1.7 miles
  • High Point: 5,886 feet
  • Elevation gain: 550 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Summer, and Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

This short hike passes through a stand of Alaska yellow cedar. The tree is common in Alaska and British Columbia but this isolated stand in the Aldrich Mountains is a remnant from a time when the climate here was wetter and cooler. The 2006 Shake Table Complex Fires burned right up to the edge of this stand of trees, but firefighters managed to keep the fire from burning through here.

Cross the road and head down the trail. After 0.1 mile you will reach a wire fence. Unhook the gate, walk through, and relatch it behind you. Pass a wooden sign and start descending (yes, you lose elevation on the way in, and regain it on the way back to your car). At 0.6 miles you will pass through a meadow where wildflowers bloom in early summer, including balsamroot and larkspur. You will also encounter the first of a series of old interpretive signs about local flora and fauna.

At 0.8 miles you’ll reach a junction where you will go straight. Cross the outflow of a little spring, then cross it again. You are now at the lowest point of the hike, having lost 500 feet. Finish the lollipop loop and rejoin the trail, turning left to retrace your steps back to your car.

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