hike: Grove of Patriarchs

Ancient old-growth trees and a suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh River are the highlights of this short hike in Mount Rainier National Park.

As of 6/20/2022, this hike is closed due to flooding damage to the suspension bridge.

distance: 1.5 miles (roundtrip)
elevation: 50 ft. gain
difficulty: easy
drive time from Portland: 3 hours
parking pass: National Park Pass required for entry
hike description: Washington Trails Association – Grove of Patriarchs Loop
trail info:
Mount Rainier National Park

The Hike

I usually do this hike as an add-on to the Silver Falls trail while camping at the Ohanapecosh campground. It can also be accessed via the Stevens Canyon Road from Highway 123.

Beginning on the Eastside Trail from the trailhead on Stevens Canyon Road, follow the trail as it descends gently for 0.3 miles to a trail junction. Stay to the right for the Grove of Patriarchs Trail and cross the Ohanapecosh River on a scenic suspension bridge.

Grove of Patriarchs hike

Unlike other suspension bridges, this one is low and close to the water, so not scary for those with a fear of heights.

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After crossing the bridge, continue a short distance to the beginning of a short loop. Most of the trail through this section is on raised boardwalks to protect the roots of these mammoth trees, some of which are more than 40 feet in diameter and 300 feet tall.

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After completing the loop, return the same way.