Federation Forest State Park

Lester, Washington

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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.

Federation Forest State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lester
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, falls
Local Maps: USGS Greenwater
Driving Directions: Directions to Federation Forest State Park

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