Idaho Giant Red Cedar

photo: The Champion Tree of Idaho. Photo by USFS.

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: 11 miles north of Elk River, ID.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Clearwater
Longitude: -116.118197
Latitude: 46.888061

Driving Directions

From Elk River take County Road 382 north for approximately 10 miles, turn right on FS Road 4764, trailhead is 1/4 mile beyond parking area.


Rated easy, the trail is wide and well maintained. The Giant Red Cedar trail introduces visitors to a wet draw bottom and an old-growth cedar stand. The largest tree is designated as the "Champion Tree of Idaho" (18 feet in diameter, 177 feet in height). Note the large cedar shattered by wind and another fallen giant that is crossed by a footbridge. This trail is closed to all motorized recreation. Paved walkways make this a fully accessible trail.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 1,300
Elevation High Point: 1,310
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Duane Annis
Clearwater National Forest
Clearwater National Forest
12730 Hwy. 12
Orofino, ID 83544
(208) 476-4450
[email protected]



The Champion Tree of Idaho. Photo by USFS.

The Champion Tree of Idaho. Photo by USFS.


Ancient presence

This awesome tree is an ancient presence in the forest. The signage says it’s 3500 years old, which seems a dubious claim to me , but there’s no doubt this giant has anchored this forest landscape for a very, very long time. You can feel it through your feet and breath it in with every sparkling breath. Take time to sit and think a spell here beside this wonderful being.

December 1, 2019



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