Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Randle, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Easy nature trail through 1000 year old huge old growth Cedar, and Douglas fir trees at Mt. Rainier National Park. The Ohanapecosh River surrounds an island of towering, thousand-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Walk the trail to discover the grandeur and peace of this island. Isolated on the island, these giants have been protected from fire, allowing them to grow to enormous size. You have many trees that are more than 25 ft in circumference, at least one approaching 50 ft, and some over 1,000 years old.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike though an ancient forest, we seen some very cool Red Cedar and Hemlocks. Great pic spot ant the suspension bridge.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this so much. Great for young kids. Tip: bring a flashlight for kids so they can explore inside the logs.

walking
17 days ago

Super easy trail, I love the bouncy bridge.
Absolutely beautiful location, was a bit crowded.

walking
28 days ago

Gorgeous! This really is a great stroll through old growth forest. Very easy to navigate for all ages. Suspension bridge is fun and very doable by families. Paths through forest are planked to prevent tromping through old growth area. No dogs allowed. Also, you do enter into the national Park here so be sure you are prepared to buy the day pass for $30 or $55 for a year. (Cash and credit accepted). A great place to go after or during morning coffee walk. It’s just up hill from Packwood toward Sunrise. I say this since description says its outside Randle and when we first left I was thinking we were headed out to Randle area and it’s more Packwood/White Pass. A definite return spot for a morning walk just to get out if you don’t have a full day to be out. Facilities at trail start.

nature trips
1 month ago

Absolutely breath-taking. An easy but fulfilling trail through ancient forests. Suitable for all ages and skill-levels.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with enormous trees. Mostly flat area.

nature trips
1 month ago

Easy, short, very informative hike among many types of trees, lots of them very old. You cross a suspended bridge. Wooden walkways make the trail very easy to follow. You can learn lots of interesting facts about the trees, forest life, forest animals, etc., along the trail. A very well known and frequented trail. There is a small parking lot and a bathroom at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

8/28/18
Easy walk, big trees, great for kids.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike that follows a river part of the way, and leads to the gigantic trees, accessible by boardwalk. Be sure to hike it early morning or in the late evening to beat crowds, there's a suspension bridge over the river that only allows one person to cross at a time.

2 months ago

great short hike but if you're more ambitious you'll see a branch off to the Eastside trail as you head to the Grove. steady incline on a nice path that 3.5 miles in will take you to an incredible waterfall and footbridge. Eastside is empty!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike earlier this week. This was an ok hike. Cool suspension bridge crossing about half way to the grove. I expected more ancient trees there and was a little disappointed. The trail was extremely busy for a Monday during a non holiday weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with Crystal clear water next to it. Took us about 45 min to do the whole loop stopping and taking pictures. Easy elevation and great for kids

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful trees and creek. A nice place to hang out by the water. Going over the bridge was a little scary at first but fun! I thought it would be a higher drop off but it wasnt. Nice scenery and easy trail to do. I enjoyed it! Great for kids and not too hard.

2 months ago

We really loved this one.Just watch for rocks and roots at the beginning of the trail.the board walk is after the bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for kids. Mine enjoyed playing in/on/by the very clear and cool river, the swinging bridge, and the impressive trees. Cooler shady hike to do on a hot day.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy little loop. Not that impressive. Best part was the swinging bridge.

3 months ago

great for whole family

3 months ago

My nine year old and myself did the whole loop, and it was an easy hike.. Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

Short easy walk. Several areas to access river bed. Our kids really enjoyed this and there were several families swimming/wading. The trees were amazing with a beautiful boardwalk and great informational placards.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike yesterday... Trees were majestic, amazing, almost ethereal... Cool one person bridge.

3 months ago

Some beautiful large trees and a lovely green river! Family loved skipping rocks!

3 months ago

Neat

3 months ago

Love this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Really interesting and beautiful to look at the trees. And the bridge is a fun element!

4 months ago

The trees are impressive.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail to hike. We started off at Silver Falls trail and ended up here. The entire hike we were amazed at nature’s beauty thought the entire way. One thing worth mentioning is that there’s a bridge that you have to cross but only one person at a time. So on our way back across the bridge we had to wait like 10 minutes because people were crossing from the other side and would stop. They would start crossing before other people were off so we just waited patiently for our opportunity. Other than that the trees were amazingly gorgeous. Simply mind blown at the size and beauty of the trees. Definitely a trail I will bring my 6 year old son on next time.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful views. A great way to realize how tiny you are on this planet.

nature trips
5 months ago

Incredibly amazing place to take your kids and learn about old-growth forests - land of 1000 yr old giants! We definitely will be back again soon. Just inside the park!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great hike for kids and beginners such as myself. Easy, yet beautiful. The trees are astonishing!

nature trips
5 months ago

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