From Highway 93 at Lolo, turn onto U.S. 12 and drive west over Lolo Pass into Idaho. Past the Montana-Idaho border about 12 miles you'll see a sign - DeVoto Cedar Grove. Find the parking place and prepare to be overwhelmed by the giant trees along the loop trails. The giant Red Cedar trees (see below) include some estimated to be 2,000 years old. Many are at least 500 years old. The grove was named after historian and author Bernard DeVoto, who visited this particular grove while he was researching and writing what some consider the definitive "The Lewis and Clark Journals." The grove is part of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest on the Lochsa/Powell Ranger District. There's a picnic area and some trails. Mike Daniels took these photos this summer.

And we include the pictures to encourage you to celebrate "National Forest Week" with the National Forest Foundation. The organization is sponsoring a photo contest starting July 13 to help celebrate our nation's forests and grasslands. Your photo could be a winner. Check out the rules at the National Forest Week website. Oh, and go see these magnificent trees yourself!

Red Cedar trees in Idaho. (Mike Daniels photo)

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