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Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range
48.7665, -117.0624 Map & Directions
Length
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
300 feet
Highest Point
3600 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Discover the beauty of the 22-acre Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars on a stunning hike that is good for kids. Photo by Lord Business. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls

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Visit a majestic old-growth grove in eastern Washington! Just 14 miles north of Nordman, Idaho is the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, boasting some trees that are almost 3000 years old. Continue reading

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Hiking Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars

Visit a majestic old-growth grove in eastern Washington! Just 14 miles north of Nordman, Idaho is the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars, boasting some trees that are almost 3000 years old.

While the grove has been noted for its beauty since the early 1900s, in 1926 a fire destroyed three-quarters of the original grove, leaving just a couple small disparate pieces. Still, there was enough left standing that in April of 1943 the grove was designated as a scenic area. Traditional ways to estimate the age of these trees do not work, since the giants suffer from heart rot, which hollows out the center of the tree and makes accurate ring counts impossible. However, estimates using windfall and increment boring put the age of these trees at 800 years, and some of the largest are believed to be between 2000 and 3000 years old.

The area includes 2 main groves. The Lower  Grove is about 2 acres and has 4 picnic sites tucked under towering trees. The larger Upper Grove is 20 acres and is accessible via a trail system built on an old logging road bed. The Upper Grove is undeveloped, so there are no picnic areas, but it makes a nice hike. 

Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 48.7665, -117.0624 Open in Google Maps

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Selkirk Range

Kaniksu National Forest, Priest Lake Ranger District, (208) 443-2512, www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking Eastern Washington (Landers and Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Helmer Mtn Kaniksu National Forest map

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