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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.

Head north on the trail as it parallels the Ohanapecosh River. You'll find yourself amid fine old forest along the first 0.5 mile, but then at a trail junction you turn right to cross the river on the bouncy bridge and enter the Grove.

A loop of nearly 0.5 mile weaves through the massive old trees. These ancient hemlocks, cedars, and Douglas firs make the rest of the region's forests appear as mere weeks old. Some of these ancient entities measure nearly 40 feet in circumference and tower nearly 300 feet tall.

After following the winding loop through the Grove, recross the suspension bridge to return the way you came.
Driving Directions:

From Enumclaw, drive east about 47 miles on State Route 410 to the junction with SR 123 at Cayuse Pass. Stay right (straight ahead) to merge onto SR 123-Cayuse Pass Highway. Drive south about 11.5 miles to the junction with the Stevens Canyon Road. Turn right (west) and pass through the Stevens Canyon Entrance to the park. About 0.25 mile from SR 123, park in the lot on the north side of the road.
From Ohanapecosh, drive north 2 miles on SR 123 to the Stevens Canyon Road. Turn left (west) and pass through the Stevens Canyon Entrance to the park. About 0.25 mile from SR 123, park in the lot on the north side of the road.
Note: SR 123 was severely damaged by the November 2006 floods. Although the road has been reopened, call to check on road conditions.

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Grove of the Patriarchs Loop — Sep 16, 2013 — Meredith
Day hike
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This is a perfect walk to do on a misty Monday in mid-September. There were plenty of people around...
This is a perfect walk to do on a misty Monday in mid-September. There were plenty of people around, but it was still very peaceful. I hadn't visited this area of the park since I was a child, so it was a nostalgic stroll.
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Grove of the Patriarchs Loop — Aug 30, 2013 — Claire Mitchell
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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My parents flew out for a visit this Labor Day weekend, and I wanted to let them experience one of m...
My parents flew out for a visit this Labor Day weekend, and I wanted to let them experience one of my favorite things about Washington state - the hiking! Being native New Yorkers and unaccustomed to backcountry hiking, I thought the short hike through the Grove of the Patriarchs would be the perfect introduction.

The parking lot was pretty full by the time we got there by 11:30AM, but fortunately we found a spot. There are slight elevation changes, but totally doable for kids and older folks alike. My folks have had various joint replacement surgeries over the years and handled this hike just fine.

We took our time along this well-maintained trail, stopping to take some snapshots and admire the ancient trees. There is a fun suspension bridge to cross, but be mindful that only one person should cross at a time as it is a little wobbly.

Upon our return, we had lunch at the picnic tables located at the trailhead. My parents absolutely loved the hike. It is great to do with the whole family.
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Eastside Trail, Grove of the Patriarchs Loop, Silver Falls Loop — Jul 05, 2013 — ndemrose
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
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Camping at Ohanapecosh for Independence Day, three generations of hikers (grandfather, son, son-in-l...
Camping at Ohanapecosh for Independence Day, three generations of hikers (grandfather, son, son-in-law, and two grandsons (aged 11 and 8)) took a day hike. Parking at the trailhead on SR 123, we began the hike with snow at the trailhead and occasional snow patches for the first mile of the hike. As we progressed down Governors Ridge, the snow disappeared and wildflowers emerged. We saw avalanche lilies, columbine, and trillium. The remainder of the hike was snow free. From SR 123 to Deer Creek, the trail is narrow but passable. Aside from a handful of blowdown trees, the rest of the trail was in great condition.

About a half mile from where the Eastside trail meets the Grove of the Patriarchs, we did have a scare. Thinking a dog was coming down the trail, we were surprised to see an adolescent mountain goat (with about 2 to 3 inch horns!). It charged within 10 feet of us, stopped, then bolted up the hillside. We saw no other wildlife, except fresh elk tracks and scat, and clawed trees from bears.
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Grove of the Patriarchs Loop, Silver Falls Loop — Jun 29, 2013 — Eric Jain
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Reached the "Grove of the Patriarchs" trailhead parking lot around 10am. The trail was neat and easy...
Reached the "Grove of the Patriarchs" trailhead parking lot around 10am. The trail was neat and easy, and the crowds only started to arrive on our way out.

Back at the parking lot, we followed the trail on the other side down to the (very scenic, but also very crowded) "Silver Falls".

Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/[…]/GroveOfThePatriarchsJune2013, http://picasaweb.google.com/eric.jain/SilverFallsJune2013
Tracklog: https://connect.garmin.com/activity/335115337
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Grove of the Patriarchs Loop — Jun 16, 2012 — Milepost167
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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What a gorgeous hike! On the lower elevation trails, trilliums were blooming in April and are long g...
What a gorgeous hike! On the lower elevation trails, trilliums were blooming in April and are long gone, but here at Mt Rainier, it was like stepping back in time! Trillium, yellow wood violet and vine maples all in splendor!

The suspension bridge was a highlight with my children. This is a hike anyone can do...little elevation, nice even trail and boardwalk around the old growth loop. Forest canopy provided nice shade and with temps around 70°, we encountered a few mosquitoes.

The waters of the Ohanapacosh River were clear turquoise, simply STUNNING. Don't miss the hike to Silver Falls!

We parked at the Grove of the Patriarchs parking lot and did the loop then headed across the street and hiked the Eastside Trail down to Silver Falls.

We got a campsite at Ohanapacosh campground for an evening picnic campfire in the rain and then headed home after a wonderful day at Mt Rainier.
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Grove of the Patriarchs. Photo by Solo Steve.
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Location
Mt. Rainier -- SW - Cayuse Pass / Steven's Canyon
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Statistics
Roundtrip 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain 50 ft
Highest Point 2200 ft
Features
Rivers
Old growth
User info
Good for kids
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Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Mount Rainier East
No. 270

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