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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.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 45 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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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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Ashley Barber
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Hiking

Great trail for kiddos. We took our two year old on it and she walked the whole way, except for the bridge, we carried her across. There were people in “normal” clothes and in sandals with purses so this is not, by any means, an actual hike. It’s just a nature trail. It’s super short and extremely crowded. There was a wait to go across the bridge which was frustrating, but I love that there is river access and the trail is well maintained. It’s definitely a good one for littles.

Stephanie Bonilla
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great trail for kids! Our family loves it and will visit it often im sure! weekends can get busy though

Brian Knapp
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful short hike along the river with some great big trees.

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Kirsten M.
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Hiking

Went on the 4th of July and had such an awesome time. Easy hike along the Ohanapecosh River. We arrived at 1000, parked a little past the restroom along the road. Get here early, as we we’re leaving Grove of the Patriarchs, the bridge line to cross over was at the very top of the stairs and became very crowded. My 8 yo enjoyed this so much, see loved the massive trees, lunch near the water, and skipping rocks.

Kate Leuba
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HikingGreat!

Relaxing, easy, short trail that winds its way across a fun suspension bridge over a pristine creek into a grove of ancient, massive trees. Informational plaques spread throughout the trail. Several families with young kids were enjoying the trail. Everyone was wearing masks and keeping distance.

Hannah M.
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! It's a short trail, but there are plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the day. There's a bridge that allows easy access to the river. There is also a wooden bridge trail that goes around some amazing trees and has benches to sit down while waiting your turn for pictures. I did have to buy a week pass to get in, which was $30, and the parking lot was full by noon so I had to park on the side of the road with many other cars. Overall, this trail is 5/5 stars and I'll definitely go on it again!

Rickson Tanudra
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Hiking

Fun trail for my Son and I. Very easy and my son and I had a picnic under the bridge next to the river.

Never_Stop_Exploring .
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HikingBlowdown

This was our first time in Mt Rainier National Forest and the trails leading to Grove Of The Patriarchs and Silver Falls did not disappoint! The old growth cedar forest is lush, beautiful and reminiscent of the Redwoods. The hikes themselves were both very easy, we started from the parking lot just after the bridge once you’ve entered Stevens Canyon and headed first to Grove of the Patriarchs. The suspension bridge and wooden boardwalk were nice features, and the Giant conifers breathtaking. We then walked back to the parking lot, crossed the road and found the trailhead to Silver Falls it too was an easy, well maintained trail with a few roots and rocks. There was however massive trees blown down across the trail which requires some climbing to get around. All the elevation gain came from the hike out of Silver Falls back to the car. All in all a fantastic 5 mile hike to do with the family. No pets allowed, which I believe applies to the whole park. The bathrooms are open. Side note: we didn’t encounter and flooded trails on our hike as other reviewers had

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Grisel Rodriguez
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Hiking

A bit crowded in the morning during the weekend, but overall beautiful hike. Great for kids!

Katie Dixon
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Hiking

Easy for young kids to hike. I’d recommend closed-toed shoes because of the rocks and roots in the trail. Not much elevation gain and the trail is well kept. The boardwalk makes it super easy for kids to walk around the trees. The trees are incredible, so big! There’s a bathroom and small parking lot at the head of the trail.

Brandee Rae
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Hiking

Great trail for kids. I went in the late afternoon and only saw three other groups.

Brittany Hohn
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Hiking

Silver falls is not getting enough recognition. It’s so beautiful all the way down as you can hear and see the falls as you walk 1 mile to the lookout bridge. Would recommend this Raul the most

Breanna Strand
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Great trail if you have younger kids!

Rafael Coronado
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Hiking

Easy Beautiful trail with ancient trees. The kids will love it. The Ohanapecosh river is a beauty.

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Brianne Dahl
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Perfect outdoor adventure for kids. It's short. It's largely flat. And it's gorgeous! So many picture spots! We went mid day on Father's Day. It was definitely crowded. Most people are good about moving over and slowing down or speeding up to stay out of each other's way. the bridge is great! But... you have to wait in line to get across with a many people as are out there.

Kenzie Faris
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Erin Hilburn
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HikingMuddy

Lovely trail for kids. We arrived around 10 on a Wed. so plenty of parking, but by the time we'd walked in and back the lot was full. Probably crazy on the weekends. Not much of a "hike" but super beautiful. Definitely worth the trip. RR were open but no one was really practicing social distancing or mask wearing in them so...avoid if that concerns you.

Viridiana Maciel
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HikingBridge outMuddy

Great trail, very easy. A lot of mud because of the rain but it was fine. Part of the bridge was out but it was still open. Great for young children

Samantha Mendoza
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HikingMuddy

Great trail to do with little ones. There was muddy areas on the trail although wasn’t a big issue.

Juanita Leon
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great trail for a nice walk

Chelsea Pribble
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Hiking

What a perfect trail for children to complete. It was easy enough to hike with our 3 year old son in our hiking backpack then walk the loop. The trees were giant and beautiful.

Jess ..
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Hiking

Such a beautiful trail! So peaceful..So worth the drive. Absolutely perfect for little children as well. We went during the week and the weather was perfect. Highly recommend!

N. C.
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Hiking

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.

Amelia Jackson
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Hiking

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.

B Spencer
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Hiking

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

Melody Walkup
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Hiking

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)

Gary Myers
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Hiking

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

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