Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail

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Mount Rainier National Park

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

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

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
1 day ago

Stevens Canyon Entrance closed today but would recommend going during the week. Great for little ones and parking along Highway filled up by 11:45am. Absolutely gorgeous views and close to many other trailheads.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a great trail for those with toddlers! Really simple hike in and out. Lots of shade from trees. There’s some large beaches on the trail that are easily climbed over or under. Not too heavily trafficked but it could be because of this whole Covid thing.

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect trail for young families. Hiked the trail a few years ago. Beautiful trees and fun suspension bridge river crossing.

hiking
6 months ago

It's easy and the trees are gigantic! A must do for your first time in the park, especially if you haven't seen huge trees like this before. (August)

hiking
7 months ago

Very cool hike amongst some giant ancient trees. Reminded me of the Ents. I especially liked the twin 1,000 year old Douglas firs.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with some gigantic old trees. Even get to cross a suspension bridge. Easy hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Cute trail! Probably the easiest I’ve done but cute and great for families.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty little nature walk/trail to see the trees. Can easily connect this with Silver Falls Trail by starting there and connecting to this one in the middle. Note - we had heard that this is wheelchair/stroller accessible, but I will say it is but not that easily. There is dirt and slight hills in the beginning that would make anything with wheels difficult.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail mid morning today. Minimal parking so go early. High trafficked trail. Children allowed which isn’t a problem however if you’re looking for a peaceful hike this wouldn’t be the one for you. Beautiful trail. Lots of gorgeous trees.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a very easy, but beautiful hike. The bridge is a wobbly one, especially when people don’t wait their turn. The Ohanapecosh River is stunning. This hike is great for all ages.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Popular! We stopped at the end of the day and there were no crowds. recommend 5pm or later. Kid friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail with a beautiful thousand years old trees around. Great history, Love it!. One of the most beautiful and easy trail that you shouldn’t miss it.

hiking
9 months ago

So awesome being surrounded by such big trees! The trail has lots of roots up to the super cool bridge (1 person on it at a time!). After the bridge, we had a picnic by the river and then did the loop on the boardwalk. Easy and fun!

hiking
9 months ago

Man, this trail is a history and botany lesson on old world trees. Beautiful, relaxing stroll through the trees that carry thousands of years' worth of tales.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful easy walk through amazing old growth forest

hiking
9 months ago

A must. The trees are miraculous and a short walk. Combine with an out and back to Ollalie Falls and Silver Creek Loop.

hiking
9 months ago

Super easy and fun!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful..easy hike.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful walking trail that provides amazing views of some epic trees. Well maintained trail.

hiking
9 months ago

wow! great hike for all ages!

hiking
9 months ago

It was a fun but at times scary night hike to the Grove of Patriarchs and back... I need to come back some day to do it during daylight so I can actually see the Grove lol.

hiking
9 months ago

Best trail for seeing large trees without hiking a long way. Easy trail with boardwalk and small bridge. Very serene early mornings and late evenings. Saw dippers and swifts here last September. Liked it so much we stopped in two days in a row.

hiking
9 months ago

Well maintained, short, relatively easy trail. The beginning is a drop into a river valley but the grade is pretty gentle and good for many age and activity levels. Once down below, there’s a suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh River and access to the river for dipping toes and skipping rocks. The actual grove of patriarchs mostly has a boardwalk to protect the root systems and smaller plants. The ancient trees themselves are very beautiful and I appreciated the ranger who was there to answer questions as well as keep an eye on everything. We enjoyed our time there and highly recommend it for anyone.

9 months ago

Completely different views compared to the rest of the park staying in the old growth.

Incredible trail. Walk among trees that were 500 years old when Columbus landed. You feel awed, insignificant in time but totally relaxed. A must do trail.

hiking
9 months ago

The Grove of Patriots is a nice easy trail with big trees. No distant views and no real photo opportunities. Nice warm up for bigger and better trails.

walking
10 months ago

Interesting to see the old growth, some informative placards. Very busy but a nice little walk... not a hike, too many people trying to take selfies with big trees.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and really cool hike. Pretty crowded in the afternoon.

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy hike, less than an hour with a wonderful view of tall trees. Very family hike place.

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