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Grove of the Patriarchs Loop

Mount Rainier Area

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. Continue reading

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
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Length

1.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 2200 ft.

Rating

3.78 out of 5

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  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

6/20/2022 - Trail is closed due to winter storm damage to the suspension bridge and is not expected to be open for 2022 or 2023 summer seasons.

WTA worked here in 2013!

This pleasant, easy hike can be done by folks of all ages, even the wee ones, who will enjoy crossing the suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh River to a small island of behemoth old-growth trees. It’s easy to feel tiny standing next to one of the massive Douglas-firs, hemlocks or cedars, some nearly 40 feet in diameter and more than 300 feet tall. Follow a wooden boardwalk as it loops through these ancient giants, weaving under their canopy and learning about the life of a forest with an assortment of interpretive signs.

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Tami Asars

Grove of the Patriarchs Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7580, -121.5576 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Mount Rainier National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Mount Rainier East

No. 270

Getting There

From Packwood, drive east on HWY 12, cross the Ohanapecosh River and turn left onto SR 123. Follow the road past the Ohanapecosh Visitors Center and turn left onto Stevens Canyon Rd. Parking is available in the first area on the right, intersecting the Eastside Trail.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

6/20/2022 - Trail is closed due to winter storm damage to the suspension bridge and is not expected to be open for 2022 or 2023 summer seasons.

 

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