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.

Length1.2 miElevation gain45 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingrunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Note: the road to the trailhead is subject to seasonal closures. 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.

Mt. Rainier Entrance Fee

Mount Rainier National Park White River Wilderness Information Center 70004 Highway 410 East Enumclaw, WA98022, Tel: 360.569.6030

On the east side of Mt. Rainier, near the Stevens Canyon entrance on Highway 123. Go .25 miles on the Stevens Canyon Road across the Ohanapecosh River bridge to the trailhead parking area on the right.

From Puyallup, east 56 miles on Highway 410 to Highway 123. Turn right and drive 11 miles to the Stevens Canyon Entrance. Turn right and the trailhead is a short distance across the Ohanapecosh River bridge on the right.

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Nick Nelson
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Nature tripsGreat!

Went out to this trail sometime last month, and it was great! A little busy, but a good amount of the trail is fairly wide and there are many spots to step to the side (and some to explore!). The water next to the trail was so clear that we could see the bottom of the river even while the water was rushing. The Patriarchs, the douglas firs, and the Big Cedar are all stunning. Pictures don't do them justice! The trail is easy and likely great for kids and dogs. Lots of mushrooms – just how we like it! Found some coral tooth fungus for the first time, some boletes, jellies, and plenty others. Keep an eye out!

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Akiko Smiley
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We weren’t able to make it to the trailhead as the road was closed! We knew from Google Maps and the Ranger station that the road was closed, the plan was to head in from Ohanapecosh Campground since the road appeared closed just after the entrance to the grounds however the road was closed further up the road between a 1/2-1 mile before the campground. We only had enough time/daylight to be able to hike from the campground and back so we had to turn around. Just be aware that the Road Closure Location is not accurate and will need to be taken into account! Otherwise the walk was beautiful! Old snow that was melting was on the road and we could see hoof and paw prints of the local animals. The fog rolled in with the dusk and it got chilly quickly! We’ll be back next time!

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david belous
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Brittney Stippel
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what an amazing little trail. super easy

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Russell Stippel
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beautiful. must see.

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jaclyn Moyer
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Nice little trail. Perfect for stretching out your legs after a long car ride. My 2 year old had no problem walking the entire thing. Suspension Bridge is fun.

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Jo Ann Henderson
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Easy warm up trail. Walking in the rain under the massive Trees. Stunning.

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t. dorow
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Nice short hike to see some massive trees. A little muddy due to rain but well worth it to stand in awe of these magnificent specimens.

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Crystal Ledoux
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WalkingFeeGreat!

Wonderful family hike. My 9 and 6 year olds loved it. Trail has steps for inclined areas which makes it very nice. Suspension bridge was by far an experience in itself. Once we got to the grove of beautiful trees was in awe of the size and quantity. Will definitely be going again. Trail is just inside Mt Rainier national park so a $30 pass was required. Pass is good for 7 days.

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Natalie Do
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nick mendez
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Nice little short easy hike to some old growth. Has a suspension bridge and a bunch of signs with information about the forest. I'd say great for families with younger children.

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Janet Montgomery
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Beautiful trail. Really well done. The magnificent size of the old growth trees makes this a DO NOT MISS.

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Hope Olson
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Bridge is back open!!! Please be aware of the signs....only one person at a time...mind your manners at watch for others needing to cross. No animals are allowed. Unfortunately saw 3 people on the bridge acting like clowns ;( and 3 separate people with dogs. Otherwise, This trail never disappoints. Wonderful educational signage about the forest and trees. A fabulous easy hike for all ages and skills.

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Michelle Arnson
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Katrina Burgess
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HikingGreat!

Nice relaxing stroll after a long day of hiking ! Loved the trees and bridge !

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Levi-Amanda Lynch
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Bridge was out but no people traffic and beautiful weather! Great little hike for grandma, mom and 6 year old.

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Beth Walker
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9-26-20 Drove 2.5 hours to go on the bridge and it was CLOSED! Otherwise I would have rated it a 5 star.

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Ed Walker
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Bridge was out

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Kylie Corry
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Michael Ridgewell
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Heavily trafficked trail in good condition. The most amazing trees.

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Stacie Moulton
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Went towards the end of the day, didn’t run into many people. Beautiful forest, quiet once you walk in. Trails are well marked with lots of educational info.

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crystal nykreim
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Beautiful, quick and easy hike to a fun swinging bridge. After you cross the bridge, you can either play on the large rocky beach or keep going just a little ways more through a short loop to see some AMAZING old beautiful trees. We went Monday, Labor day...the line was long to cross the bridge but it was worth it.

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Krish Datla
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Serene and awesome

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Stevie Farmer
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Great short hike with incredible trees!

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linda radach
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HikingGreat!

it was short and sweet...such amazingly huge trees...we loved it...very clean...very easy hike...we left there and drove to Paradise...no words...breath taking...

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Sopha Chrun
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good trail for little kids beautiful trees a lot of people on the weekend.

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Sarah Leland
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Easy little walk to see some beautiful trees, cross a footbridge, and see some pretty water. Great for families! FYI, you do have to pay to enter MRNP just before this trail so I would plan to see more sights than this one if you don't have an annual pass.

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