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Grove of the Patriarchs

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
Activities: Hiking
Description: A grove of red cedar and Douglas fir trees, some over 1,000 years old.
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London, United Kingdom
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554 reviews 554 reviews
224 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The grove of the patriarchs is on a river island accessed by a short walk from the parking area and then across a small foot suspension bridge. The trail is a boardwalk and has various information panels providing useful insights into these ancient massive trees. Peaceful, quiet and secluded - we really liked it.

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Portland, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Trail is pretty flat, there's a boardwalk where most of the old growth is. I did it in less than an hour with lots of stopping and "wow's".

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Bangkok, Thailand
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483 reviews 483 reviews
188 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you don't like big trees, you should definitely not make the 1-mile+ hike to the Grove of the Patriarchs! All others should not miss this impressive stand of mammoth Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock. The trail to the grove is one of the easiest in Mt. Rainier National Park, and most people should have no difficulty in making it.... More

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Yakima, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We took our Grandkids on the hike and they really liked it. They enjoyed the huge trees and being able to go inside the root area of a fallen tree. Not very strenuous and the walk across the swinging bridge is fun!

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NH
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If there is one hike you have time for, do this one at the park. Very easy trail, minimal elevation climb. The walk to the island is beautiful, but then you walk across the suspension bridge and into something magical. The trees are amazing. You feel VERY small among these giants, and you will constantly exclaim about the enormity of... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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74 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Easy, almost flat 1 mile round trip stroll that takes you over a fun hanging bridge across the river to a grove of beautiful ancient trees. Even non-hikers like this one. Kids adore it!

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

To walk among these old giants is to walk with respect. This was a quiet, easy walk among the remaining giants. So quiet, sunlight filtered through the trees. Don't miss this area.

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our family of three visited on a Saturday in August. It was a beautiful day and we got there around noon so we thought it might be packed. We were pleasantly surprised to find it busy, but not packed by any means. We did have to wait a few minutes to take our turn over the bridge, but noticed on... More

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Federal Way, Washington
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The trees here are big and impressive, some of the best in the area but do not expect the giant redwoods of the CA coast or the Sequoias of Kings Canyon. Scenic walk to the grove is not difficult and elevation change minimal.

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Iowa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A nice quiet little t hike with nicely laid out trail. The trees were huge and amazing! Highly recommend.

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