These terms have all been affectionately coined as descriptors of this mystical land we Montanans call home. And for good reason: I’ve yet to discover a place that holds such an incredibly diverse mix of landscapes as Montana. Read part of my story below. You may be surprised at how much you relate.
What makes the Flathead Valley the absolute last BEST place in the last best place, Northwest Montana?
Well, the Trail of the Cedars/Avalanche Lake hike in our backyard national park, Glacier, certainly adds to the Flathead’s distinction.
I’d put Trail of the Cedars/Avalanche in the “easiest hikes in the park” category. Immediately accessible off the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road -- insider tip: take the free shuttle and you won’t have to fight for a parking space -- the first part of the trail, The Trail of the Cedars, is a loop of just .60 paved miles, and has a raised, handicap accessible boardwalk in some sections. The cedars are mossy and magical, and some are over 80 feet tall.