Silver Falls at Mount Rainier Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Silver Falls at Mount Rainier Trail

Silver Falls at Mount Rainier Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Many rivers in Mount Rainier National Park come from its glaciers. Children can learn that most are milky from the dirt the ice plucks from its bed as the glaciers move down the mountain. Ohanepecosh River, however, is clear. Tell children that the river is clear because it starts from little creeks as it gathers size to become a river.

From the view from the road we know the river to be peaceful with lazy ripples, but the lazy river turns into a plunging, thundering torrent when it passes through a narrow gorge, losing 200 feet in a series of rapids, with waterfalls intermingled with deep pools and called Silver Falls. Early in the summer as the snow melts, the volume and velocity of the falls is spectacular. There is no safe place to get near the water, but even from a safe distance the sight of the torrent will be fascinating to children and they can feel the spray and mist on their faces."

Silver Falls at Mount Rainier Trail Reviews

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Very nice enjoyable hike. We discovered this trail after our cancelled hike at Paradise (36 degrees) on the way down to lower elevations for warmth. The falls are greatt and we had our lunch on the rocks right at the falls. If you take this hike be sure to continue on for .5 miles and catch the trail of the "Grove of the Patriarchs" Huge old trees and a fun suspension bridge to cross. A great family hike.
This was a relatively easy hike starting at the Ohanapecosh campground. After passing the hot springs less than a tenth of a mile into the hike, I didn't encounter a single hiker on this trip. Then again, I did start out at 7:00AM.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
1,850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,050 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Rainier National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 270 Mount Rainier East; USGS Chinook Pass
Local Maps

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Jul 2018