About 70 miles southeast of Seattle, WA in Mt. Rainier National Park.
From Seattle: Follow I-5 South for 25 miles and take exit 142A to merge onto WA Highway 18 East toward North Bend/Auburn. Drive 4.4 miles and take the Auburn Way/WA Highway 164 East exit toward Enumclaw for 0.2 mile.
From Portland: Take I-5 North towards Seattle and drive for about 75 miles.
Take exit 68 for US-12 East. At the top of the off ramp, turn right onto US-12 and drive71.8 miles east. This takes you past the Morton and through Packwood. Turn left at WA-123 N and drive 5.4 miles. Turn left at Stevens Canyon Road and drive about .4 mile, through the park entrance, to the parking lot on the right.
Pets are not allowed on the trails in National Parks.
A permit is needed to park.
EastsideTrail, Grove of the Patriarchs Trail.
Length and Elevation:
1.5 miles round trip. Elevation gain of 120 feet and loss of 120 feet. Elevation at the trailhead at 2,200 feet, highest point is at 2.200 feet. Lowest elevation is 2,150 feet.
Review: October 10, 2009.
The trail starts near the bathrooms and drops down to the Ohanapecosh River. You can hear the river almost from the trailhead and you get glimpses of the river as you walk along the trail. There are plenty of interpretive signs talking about different aspects of the forest.
Soon you’ll pass by a few old growth trees as you make your way along the trail. It is a short distance to the suspension bridge across the Ohanapecosh River. The bridge was damaged in the floods of 2006 but is now repaired. The bridge leads to an island with ancient Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Shortly after crossing the river, the trail enters the Grove of the Patriarchs and you walk on a boardwalk. The boardwalk was added so that the thousands of people who visit this grove each year don’t compact the soil around the tree roots.