Grove of the Patriarchs
Grove of the Patriarchs
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A grove of red cedar and Douglas fir trees, some over 1,000 years old.
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We visited Grove of Patriarchs early one weekday morning and boy were we glad we did. The walk is easy and very peaceful without crowds. Some of the large trees are really neat to see and the bridge is fun to walk across. On our way back because the bridge is a one person at a time thing we waited over 30 minutes to get back across with people nicely taking turns from each side to walk across. FYI the Ohanapecosh River that runs through this area is beautiful so while you are waiting to get across check out the river also.
Written July 12, 2021
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very impressive, huge, old-growth tree experience that is well developed boardwalks and a suspension bridge. It is a bout a 1.1 mile hike to get to the area via a relatively easy but natural path.

Would be fun for kids ... short and interesting ewxperience
Written August 23, 2021
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Adventure32943
Ellensburg, WA1 contribution
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I have been to the Grove of the Patriarchs many times and never fail to be amazed at the beauty and near sacred quality of the place. The trees are unbelievably massive and old. You feel you are among giants and stand in a place that has been unchanged for a thousand years or more. The trail is short and easy and culminates on an island where the largest trees are. If you can, try and go during the middle of the week when it will be less crowded, or even try and see it during the off season like I did on my last visit. Often, heavy snow comes to the mountains in late October, but on November 20 it was 60+ in Yakima, WA, so I decided to go. At the Grove of the Patriarchs the air was cool and crisp, hiking weather doesn't get any better! Yet, it wasn't cold, I didn't even wear a jacket. There was also no snow yet at that elevation. Above all, the vehicle I came in was the only one in the parking lot. My sister and I were the only ones there! It was so peaceful, and with wisps of mist and muted sunrays it felt Tolkienesque. It wouldn't shock me if it was a land of Elven Kings!

C R Monson
Written November 22, 2002
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Passenger790546
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The trees are beautiful in this area but it is heavily used. There is a single file swinging bridge that crosses over the river to the large trees. We had to wait in line to cross the bridge. Everyone was taking turns crossing each direction over the river. The sign says one person crossing at a time but most groups walked together.
Written July 6, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The parking lot for Grove of the Patriarchs is small but since we were staying at Cowlitz River Lodge and it was only 20 minutes from our hotel, we came out late in the afternoon and found a parking spot at 4:15 pm without any issues. We came on Wednesday 8/4. Even when we left at 5 pm, there were lots of cars.

This is a 1.2 mile roundtrip easy trail through the forest. It only took us 50 minutes to complete. There is a suspension bridge and the sign said 1 person should cross so with back and forth traffic, there can be a bit of a wait. The day we came, it was hot and humid and there were some mosquitoes.

We thought this trail was OK. By this time, we were a little tired of forest walks.
Written August 20, 2021
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
The Grove of the Patriarchs is a dense stand of huge, old growth Douglas-fir, western red-cedar and western hemlock, some over 1,000 years old and many 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3m) in diameter with some even larger, located on an island in the Ohanapecosh River and accessed by the equally nice 1.3 mile (2.1k) Patriarchs loop trail that first follows the river then crosses to the island, via a suspension bridge that is always a popular feature with kids, to a 0.5 mile (0.8k) loop through the grove, much of it on a boardwalk.

This is an excellent activity on a cloudy and/or drizzly day when other park features are often hidden in clouds and this weather actually enhances the look and mood of the temperate rainforest environment.

The trailhead to the grove is accessed from a parking area that has clean restrooms along Stevens Canyon Road just 0.3 mile (0.5k) west of its intersection with Hwy 123 and the Stevens Canyon Entrance in the southeastern corner of the park. I would recommend arriving by 11 am or even earlier on weekends and during the height of the summer season as this is a very popular attraction and the large parking lot, by National Park trailhead standards, fills up fast and it becomes a matter of luck and persistence to find a safe place to park later in the day.
Written January 3, 2016
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rockyjoe
Minneapolis, MN8,252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
The Grove of the Patriarchs is a grove of old growth trees and is located in the southeastern part of Mount Rainer National Park. To get there follow the road past the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center and turn left onto Stevens Canyon Road. Parking is available in the area on the right, near the Eastside Trail. This National Park is open year round and is very busy on weekends in the summer. This old growth has trees that are as much as 1,000 years old and over 200 feet tall. At least one western red cedar is nearly 50 feet in circumference.

I visited this amazing grove of massive trees with my wife on a Saturday afternoon in early September and really enjoyed hiking among these old giants. They are not as big as the Giant Sequoias in California but they are still amazing. To see them we made the easy, 1.5 mile loop trail that brings you literally right next to the trees. We had to cross the suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh River to reach the trees. It is not easy to cross this bridge as only one person at a time can cross and each side is supposed to take turns (but not everyone knows that). This grove is very popular and it was hard to find a parking spot near the trail head. In addition, there were lots of people walking on the Patriarchs Trail.
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Overall I really enjoyed visiting this old grove of trees and highly recommend that you do the short hike and see them when visiting this fantastic National Park. I will definitely be back to see these cool trees on my next visit to Mount Rainer National Park.
Written December 27, 2017
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Alexandra S
Seattle46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
This is a high interest, easy hike. It is level and has a suspension bridge which adds excitement for kids. The trees are enormous...comparable to Redwoods. This is a great introduction to the National Park and wonderful for any level of hiker.
Written December 12, 2015
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ssseafan
houston51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
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.
Written December 18, 2014
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tmesiab
University Place, WA75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011
I took my husband and young children (2yr and 5yr) to Mt. Rainier for some easy hiking. During the summer months, you should be aware of bears and mountain lions. We saw alot of tracks, even with so many people on the trail the weekend we went.

This is a beautiful, easy trail located by the Stevens Canyon Entrance near the Ohanapecosh River. On the trail, you'll encounter pretty wild flowers, small squirrels, birds, giant old growths and of course awesome views of the river. You can veer left a ways down the trail and make your way up the side of the mountain which leads to Silver Falls. If you continue down the main trail, you'll come up to an awesome suspension bridge. If you're scared of heights, beware! Awesome trail.
Written July 28, 2011
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