Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail

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Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop 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
Loop

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.

nature trips
10 days 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
14 days ago

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

nature trips
26 days ago

5 months ago

Roads are closed. We tried,to get there in Dec Mt Rainier hwy 123...closed

6 months ago

Easy hike among the giants.

6 months ago

Quick and beautiful loop that can easily done by all levels of experience. It had a cool foot bridge with a gorgeous view of the river. Ancient forest was amazing and the air just smelt so pure (im from NYC so fresh air is rare...lol). Great trail, took about 45 mins to complete!

7 months ago

This is a short and easy hike which I took as an offshoot of the Silver falls trailhead at Ohanapecosh campground. It's a beautiful hike through an ancient forest and a must do!

walking
9 months ago

Great for kids and learning a thing or two. With a 3 year old and 10 week old, short easy hikes with fun stuff to look at are key. Although it is often crowded, this hike has everything a kiddo needs to keep entertained. Huge trees, a fun suspension bridge and a rocky area by the river to throw rocks. If your looking for something your grandma or toddler can do, this is the trail for you. Even if you don't fit those demographics the 1000 year old trees make the short walk worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

we stayed at ohanapecosh campground and walked there from the trailhead in the campground (walk to the falls, you'll see the sign for the grove trail toward the highest point of the falls). wore my boots for this section as there are some knots, roots systems and rocks. the trail dumps you out on to 123 across the street. pretty little adventure walk but the grove was insanely busy (Wednesday afternoon in august). this is a great place for people to go who want to be out in nature but don't really get out. also great for kids. little suspension bridge at the end to get to the final loop (we waited in line for about 10 minutes to cross). the loop at the end is 90% boardwalked. not my cup of tea due to all the people and their cell phones and selfies. definite tourist trap. do not recommend for the outdoor enthusiast; you'll just get irritated. great for families and small kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Breathtaking scenery, was excellent hike with Michael. Giant trees in lush forest. Recommend to everyone as a must see in Mount Rainier National Park.

hiking
9 months ago

Had a great time with the grandson. Went early so the trail was pretty much ours when we got there. Was quite a bit busier as we came back out. all in all a fabulous day.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike. I recommend going early since it is a very touristy trail.

9 months ago

Great and amazing trees. Suspension bridge and water access is nice and cool

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great hike if you have small children. It wasn't too long which is great for toddlers or kids who want to walk. There was a neat suspension bridge - only one person across at a time so it kind of took a while with a traffic jam. The trees were neat and we had lunch and played with rocks on the river. I would totally do this walk/hike again if we are in the area.

10 months ago

It was our second time this season to the Grove of the Patriarchs today. It's easy for everyone in our family to hike, everyone on the trails are friendly, and the path is visually engaging all the way through.

We've loved this trail for years and it will stay a favorite.

10 months ago

More of a tourist trap. Cool bridge and big trees but if your local there are much better adventures out there.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike for beginner! Had a lot of fun with friends. Going down to the end making our own path and crossing the log tress that was below the trail. I wish it's longer. It would have been better! End up driving up to Reflection Lake and Paradise park. It was over crowded so after our short picnic. We drove back!

10 months ago

It is what it is... 1 mile, gigantic standing trees, downed trees exposing tree rings, river, cable bridge over river and boardwalk paths in flood area and sign displays with the detail. Only recommendation is if your knees make it a struggle going down dirt path stairs bring a tall staff but do not let it keep you away from getting out there. Great for the youngest children walking on their own or younger and carried. Never too young to expose toddlers to the sights, sounds, aroma in this magical tree world.

hiking
11 months ago

Short easy hike to see the ancient forest.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail for families with children. No pets

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A family favorite. Good for all ages.

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great short trail for a summer hike with the kids

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

This hike is a very typical forest hike, it is well maintained and short so good for those with kids. You pass a river, there is a fun bridge, so children would love this. I hiked it with my boyfriend, it was nice and the trees are impressively large but it's not remotely challenging for 2 adults and it was too short to feel like I accomplished something.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

This one is good if you have extra time to spare, but I wouldn't give up other hikes or activities to do it. The trail down to the grove is rather uninteresting until you get to the end where the actual grove is located. There are some good, large old trees down there, but hey, this is Washington and these sights are fairly easy to come by. The suspension bridge is a cool idea, but there's enough people on the trail to make it quite an annoying wait since it's one person at a time.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

It's an easy trail, but a must-see for anyone visiting Rainier! It's nice and shaded and the river and trees are beautiful! My kids loved it! We hiked this on the Centennial and it wasn't too crowded, but I can see how it could easily get that way. Well worth the stop, though!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Ok trail, cool trees, but crowded, & bridge is "One Person" at a time, so you might be there awhile if you happen to hit a group coming across, good for little kids!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Short, well maintained hike. suspension bridge was fun. Be warned: one person at a time on it there were a lot of people on the trail. Silver Springs had less people if you're close by.

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

7/24/2016 (Sunday) - This short, easy, but interesting trail is mainly for attracting tourists and families. Crossing the bridge on a crowded day requires long time for waiting. Because this is the site so close to the Park's entrance, almost all first-time tourists may stop to take a look. It is worth going to the other side of the road, down to the Silver Falls overlook for 0.6 miles along the running creeks with numerous small falls. That part of the trail is much less crowded. We had the falls all by ourselves for over 10 minutes without other visitors on this crowded day. It was a hot sunny day, so it's good to select this trail with its good shade, as temperature in the woods is almost 10 degrees lower than under the sun.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The trail itself was well maintained and short. I feel like I went into this hike with such high expectations and was pretty let down. The bridge was fine, nothing special. Quite annoying to have to wait for everyone to cross, it is recommended that only one person be on the bridge at a time. When you finally do cross the bridge there are some giants but I was just not blown away by them. I have never seen the redwoods or sequoia but have seen the large cedar and spruce tree on the coast here in Washington. Those things are Giants in comparison. I guess after seeing those I was expecting bigger! I could've taken a pass on the grove of patriarchs! The positive on this trail for me was that it was short and easy.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Go early to avoid a massive crowd. A nice short hike with some ancient giants.

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