Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail

EASY 375 reviews

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
4 hours ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

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

hiking
10 days 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
13 days 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
18 days 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
21 days ago

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

hiking
22 days 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
23 days 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
26 days 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.

Beautiful easy walk through amazing old growth forest

hiking
29 days 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
1 month ago

Super easy and fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful..easy hike.

walking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

wow! great hike for all ages!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome short trail through some old growth forests in Rainier. You cross a suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh river and see some very large and impressive trees.

hiking
2 months ago

great old growth forest and a fun suspension bridge. gets crowded so go early

hiking
2 months ago

A very short no-sweat hike. The old trees are amazing but there are not many here. The kids will love the bridge. The nature signs showed flying squirrels live here! We didn’t see any but spotting one gliding would have made our week!

hiking
2 months ago

Very busy trail but it was worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with a fun suspension bridge. The trees were ginormous!

A quick and easy kid friendly trail. Arrive early if possible upon entering the Ohanapecosh area, as it gets crazy busy. The trail is easy to follow and the big trees are worth the walk.

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