Grove of the Patriarchs

Packwood, Washington

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This short interpretive hike crosses the Ohanapecosh River by way of suspension bridge and takes you to a magnificent old-growth forest with thousand-year-old trees. The trail is very well maintained but often muddy, due to its low elevation and proximity to the Ohanapecosh River. Wear your hiking boots, and remember to step through the mud instead of around it to avoid widening the trails. Interpretive signs line the trail, helping you discern differences between the western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and western red cedar. This is a great trail to take if you are interested in learning more about the life cycles and species of old-growth forests.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This short interpretive hike crosses the Ohanapecosh River by way of suspension bridge and takes you to a magnificent old-growth forest with thousand-year-old trees.

The trail is very well maintained but often muddy, due to its low elevation and proximity to the Ohanapecosh River. Wear your hiking boots, and remember to step through the mud instead of around it to avoid widening the trails. Interpretive signs line the trail, helping you discern differences between the western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and western red cedar. This is a great trail to take if you are interested in learning more about the life cycles and species of old-growth forests.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 1.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 1 hour
Season: May through Sept
Local Contacts: Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, (360) 569-6581
Local Maps: USGS Chinook Pass; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Grove of the Patriarchs

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