Federation Forest State Park

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Federation Forest State Park

Federation Forest State Park Professional Guide

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"A most unlikely oasis in a desert of clear-cuts, Federation State Forest is one of the last stands of significant old-growth anywhere in the White River Valley. This thin stretch of protected land along WA 410 features a lush, lowland forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and the relatively uncommon Sitka spruce. Some of the largest trees reach from 5 to 7 feet in diameter and grow several hundred feet high."

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"This more than 600-acre tract of riverfront old-growth forest was somehow spared the axe in a region that has been, and still is, heavily logged. It was dedicated as a state park in 1949, and the state continued to accumulate parcels until 1971. Today, a network of interpretive trails, the remnants of the Naches Trail (an early Native American route and later a pioneer trail), and other hiking trails crisscross the park for hikers of all abilities to enjoy. For the number and size of its old-growth trees, Federation Forest State Park presents one of the finest examples of virgin forest in the Pacific Northwest. The interpretive signs that educate hikers about the trees, native plants, and geologic and historic features only enhance the experience. The park is located along a stretch of the White River, which originates on nearby Mt. Rainier’s Emmons Glacier. Several trails meander through the park on both sides of WA 410." Read more
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Nearly 620 acres of pristine old-growth forest alongside the White River, with more than 12 miles of trails looping through the cathedral forest—all preserved as a public parkland thanks to the efforts of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Learn more about the club’s work at the Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center at the trailhead area. You can also pick up a map of the park’s trails there—it’s open April through October. Or just explore this beautiful forest on your own. A number of the routes are marked with interpretive signs, so you’ll know when you are standing in awe of a massive Sitka spruce and when it’s a huge western hemlock that has your attention. There’s even a Hobbit Village to explore!" Read more

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Hikable April 1–September 30, daily, 8 a.m.–sunset
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USGS Greenwater
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Dec 2018