Grove of the Patriarchs

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain148ft
Trailhead Elevation2,204ft
Top2,204ft
Elevation Min/Max2167/2204ft
Elevation Start/End2204/2204ft

Grove of the Patriarchs

Grove of the Patriarchs is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2,204 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 148 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking, restrooms, drinking water, a recycling can, a waste basket, and an information board. The Big Cedar attraction can be seen along the trail.

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Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"Cross over the Ohanapecosh River using a suspension bridge on one of Mount Rainier National Park’s easiest hikes. In a place where the trees all seem old, the 1,000-year- old Patriarchs are older. The grove provides an excellent introduction to a mid- elevation mixed conifer forest that is suitable for children, the curious, or the weary. It’s also a great early- season excursion for visitors to Mount Rainier when all the popular high- country spots are still covered in snow." Read more
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"Some of the biggest, oldest trees in the Washington Cascades stand tall in the Grove of the Patriarchs. These silent old men of moss tower overhead, with a few lying down to show us just how massive the trunks really are. The Grove resides in a low, boggy area across the Ohanapecosh River, so you’ll need to cross a sweet little suspension bridge to get there, offering you a chance to enjoy a bit of adventure on this simple little trail. Youngsters typically love the bridge, and kids of all ages marvel at the massive trees. Note: The floods of 2006 severely damaged the footbridge leading to the Grove. Call ahead to find out if it’s been repaired before you visit." Read more
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
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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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park (Falcon Guides)
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
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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." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"The tremendous trees are bound to impress children—and grandparents too—with their size, age, and venerable beauty. There are interpretive signs for parents, hollow trees for imaginative children to crawl inside, and a shallow creek for everyone to soak or splash in. This is a great spot to cool off on a hot day, featuring a big wide trail. The trail is mostly level. Look for the “squirrel overpass,” a log suspended 10 feet over the trail like a freeway overpass. At a trail junction, turn right and descend a short switchback to a suspension bridge that spans a shallow branch of the river to a loop trail. Go either way, winding through the Grove of the Patriarchs." Read more

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5/14/2018
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7/1/2009
Great trail for kids and elderly. Very easy walk. There is suspension bridge where you may experience some traffic but the views are great. There are also a couple of spots to go down to the river and relax. The trail leads to the Deer Creek loop trail.
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7/30/2005
very pretty trees and h2o many people good for small kids
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9/2/2004
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7/15/2002
A short trail that is in easy hike from a rather crowded parking lot, it winds beside the river to a shorter segment of boardwalk that winds among beautiful old growth cedars and redwoods. The trail is mostly level, with a few short inclines and is wide and well maintained. There were points of congestion, but mostly by other people interested in a quiet hike through the grove. Several good photographic spots of trees and the river were present along the trail.
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Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, (360) 569-6581
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Dec 2018