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Popular Glacier National Park trail closed for level surface installation

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The project at the Trail of the Cedars is being funded by an effort from the Glacier National Park Conservancy. (MTN News photo) The project at the Trail of the Cedars is being funded by an effort from the Glacier National Park Conservancy. (MTN News photo)
Not only is a new, smoother and more level trail path being built, but it will make the trail more handicapped accessible. (MTN News photo) Not only is a new, smoother and more level trail path being built, but it will make the trail more handicapped accessible. (MTN News photo)
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -

They say there are only truly three seasons in the state of Montana: Winter, tourist and construction season.

But here in the fall, which is typically construction season in Glacier National Park, a very special construction project is underway to repair one of the most popular trails in the park. 

The project at the Trail of the Cedars is being funded by an effort from the Glacier National Park Conservancy. 

Not only is a new, smoother, and more level trail path being built, but it will make things much more handicapped accessible. 

"Yeah I think you're right," said  Mark Priess of Glacier National Park Conservancy. "I think it is sorta one of the first portals where people get to really experience Glacier, and I think that having access, equal access for anyone that wants to experience Glacier and that's part of what that trail is about, and that portal is about and I think absolutely, when that project is completed, we're going to have meaningful access for everyone." 

The new surface is a mixture of materials, all eco-friendly, and relatively inexpensive, and as one of the crew installing the trail told us, easy to see, making it hard to lose your way if you follow the red brick-ish road. 

Preiss tells capital campaigns always pay off the day work starts and the trail of the cedars will be in good shape now for years to come. 

"It's a great feeling and you know it's all about momentum," Priess said. "Right? We talk about the 100-day season, for the park and we're really coming out of that and we're moving into the 100 days of philanthropy for the park and so when we can check a project off the list like we get to today, I mean it's a great feeling." 

Priess tells us the Cedars project will finish quickly, but plenty more are in store. 

"Well I think that if you go up to the park right now you've got the highline trail, we're looking at the hidden lake trail, for next year. We're looking at Swiftcurrent and making Swiftcurrent trail that goes all the way around the lake on the East Side fully accessible perhaps by next year and so there's big projects that are going on." 

The majority of the Trail of the Cedars will remain open through the fall.

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