Grove Of The Patriarchs

Mt Rainier National Park

Ashford, Washington

Along Hwy 706 W of Stevens Canyon Entrance Station

The Grove of the Patriarchs is a section of old growth forest in Mt. Rainier. An easy 1.5-mile-long trail passes by red cedar, Douglas firs and western hemlocks, with some dating back 1000 years or more. The larger trees may have a circumference of 25-50 feet.

A loop boardwalk section tours the heart of the grove. Please stay on the boardwalk. As impressive as these trees look, they have shallow root systems, and the older trees are not necessarily healthy trees.

mt rainier grove of the patriarchs twin douglas firs

Twin Douglas Firs (P14A0581)
I've got pretty big feet. That's a size 14 shoe, about 13 inches long. It gives you an idea of the diameter of these tree trunks.

mt rainier grove of the patriarchs twin douglas firs

Twin Douglas Firs Crowns (P14A0582)
These are the tops of the twin Douglas firs. These trees are about 1000 years old. They're now mostly hollow, and much of their tops are gone. But they remain impressive sights in their old age.

More About Mt. Rainier National Park

Spectacular scenery. Great hiking. Challenging mountain climbing. Mt. Rainier has a lot to offer to those looking to get away from it all and to those looking for a great day trip out of Seattle. There's more to the park than the mountain. Grove of the Patriarchs offers a nice introduction to some of the park's impressive flora.

When experiencing Mt. Rainier National Park, it can be easy to forget that Mt. Rainier is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It has much in common with Mt. St. Helens. But Mt. Rainier is bigger, it's covered with much more ice and snow, and it is closer to major population centers. Lahars from past eruptions have flowed as far as present-day downtown Seattle and Tacoma. So enjoy it while you can.

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