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Richland Balsam Trail

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Richland Balsam Overlook marks the highest point along the Parkway at 6,053 feet of elevation. Two hikes leave from here, the Richland Balsam Hike, a 1.5-mile self-guided loop trail through a lovely, scented spruce-fir forest. The other travels through the snags of dying Fraser Fir trees that have been infested by an invasive species of insect. Learn more about this area, much like a Canadian Spruce-Fir forest and its future. This hike ends at the 6,410-foot summit.


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