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Grove of the Patriarchs

Easy nature trail through 1000 year old huge old growth Cedar, and Douglas fir trees at Mt. Rainier National Park.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview:  The Ohanapecosh River surrounds an island of towering, thousand-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Walk the trail to... more »

Tips:  On the east side of Mt. Rainier, near the Stevens Canyon entrance on Highway 123. Go .25 miles on the Stevens Canyon Road across the... more »

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Points of Interest

2. Ohanapecosh River

Meltwater from the Ohanapecosh glacier drains into the Ohanapecosh River giving it a crystal clear look.

3. Old Growth Forest

Old-Growth forests, such as the on at Grove of the Patriarchs, comprise some of the richest and most productive ecosystems on Earth. These dense, coniferous forests clothe the lower slopes and valleys of Mount Rainier National Park. Reaching from an elevation of 2,000 ft to over 6,000 ft, these forests cover 60% of the landscape of the park. ... More

4. Trail Junction

Keep right here.

5. Bridge over Ohanapescosh

Only one person is supposed to cross this suspension bridge at a time.

The trees on this island are are over 1000 years old and are giants. Since they are located on an island they are protected from forest fires.