Family Activities:

Grove of the Patriarchs


Grove of the Patriarchs

Stevens Canyon Road, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

Out-of-state visitors will particularly appreciate this flat 1.5-mile trail because it offers families the memorable experience of stately old-growth forest with massive Douglas firs, western red cedars and western hemlocks. Extra bonus: it won’t matter whether the weather is cloudy or sunny since you’re trekking through low-elevation forest. At the half-mile point, hike the suspension bridge across the Ohanapecosh River to a small island and its regal “Patriarchs,” many of them 25 feet and more in circumference and up to 1,000 years old. Walk the .3-mile raised boardwalk loop through the understory and then back across the bridge. Of all the stops to visit natural features, this is one of our favorites. Be aware, the parking lot can fill up on summer days. The trail is snow-free June through October.

Recent Traveler Reviews


by J P

The size of these trees is impressive. If you have kids they will love this mild hike and walk around this thousand year old trees.
Big Trees

by Spuddler

Very easy walk to see some very spectacular huge trees. Nice variety of trees and a excellent walkway and signage.