Western red cedars are rare in the Northern Rockies – mostly these giants live along the super wet coasts of Oregon. Washington, and British Columbia. But there are a few pockets where if you know where to look you can find the trees – giant sentinels of a moist climate. In northern Idaho the trees are more common, but in Montana they are found in a few deep, wet canyons – like Ross Creek, in the far northwest corner of the state. At Ross Creek, Kootenai National Forest has established a short interpretive walking trail which takes you by some of the larger trees and offers informative plaques. Many of the Western red cedars here are more than 8 feet wide and 175 feet tall; some of them are more than 400 years old. There are no services other than a vault toilet and picnic tables at the trailhead; a forest campground is nearby.