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Grove of the Patriarchs

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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Activities: Hiking
Description: A grove of red cedar and Douglas fir trees, some over 1,000 years old.

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Wonderful trees

Go early for parking. Starting around 11 am it really starts to fill up and then forget about it in the afternoon. Restrooms are available here and it does have a pretty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
HazelEyesFromTN
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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Go early for parking. Starting around 11 am it really starts to fill up and then forget about it in the afternoon. Restrooms are available here and it does have a pretty generous parking lot. I did not do the whole grove but it was great when few people were there and I intend on finishing this another time.

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houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

this is a great short and easy walk in the forest to see some of the giant trees representative of this area. there are benches along the way if someone needs a rest. great for little kids and folks who can't hike long distance to see the forest.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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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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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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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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16 helpful votes 16 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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