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Giant trees over 25 feet wide and over 1,000 years old can be easily seen in the Ohanapecosh Area at the Grove of the Patriarchs.  Silver Falls is the largest volume waterfall in Mt. Rainier National Park and is also an easy hike from the parking area near the Grove of the Patriarchs.  Check out the Eastside Trail with waterfall after waterfall after waterfall, or climb to Shriner Peak for unparalleled views.

Go for a Hike

Most visitors take a short walk across the suspension bridge to the Grove of the Patriarchs or a short hike to the pounding thunder of Silver Falls.  But for those with more time (or energy), there are other marvelous places to explore.

Click here for the Park’s map of Ohanapecosh area trails: 

The Washington Trails Association  is also a great source of hiking information, and members even post trip reports showing recent conditions.  (Consider a donation or membership as their information helps all of us enjoy these trails.)

Easy Trails

Grove of the Patriarchs 1.3 mi RT  1000 year-old trees on an island in the Ohanapecosh River, accessible via a gentle suspension bridge. Click here.

Hot Springs Nature Trail 4 mi RG  A self-guided loop behind the Visitors Center. Click here

Moderate Trails

Silver Falls Trail 1 mi RT from Stevens Canyon Road; .6 mi RT from Highway 123; 2.7 mi RT from Ohanapecosh Campground.  You’ll often hear this waterfall long before you see it as it is the Park’s largest volume waterfall – and it’s gorgeous. Click here

Eastside Trail  11.5 mi one-way but most hikers do shorter sections.  This gorgeous trail parallels the Ohanapecosh River with cascading waterfalls, and goes all the way from the Ohanapecosh to Chinook Pass.  Click here.

Strenuous Trails

Shriner Peak 8.4 mi RT  A steep climb to incredible views, with nice summer wildflowers.  Click here.

Laughingwater Creek 12 mi RT to Three Lakes Camp  An uncrowded trail to a trio of alpine lakes.  Click here.

Cowlitz Divide 15 mi RT but many hikers do a shorter section. Gorgeous views and an uncrowded strenuous trail. Click here

Walk with a Ranger

During summer months, rangers offer daily Junior Ranger programs.  There are also evening programs at the Ohanapecosh Campground on select evenings.  Check the Park’s more recent Tahoma News for the schedule.  Click here.

Learn more at a Visitors Center

The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center offers a wealth of information and is often less crowded than the Visitor Centers at Paradise and Sunrise. For 2018, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center will be open from May 25 until early October. Click here.

Grab a Bite/Buy a Souvenir

The small town of Packwood (about 15 minutes south of the Ohanapecosh Campground) has numerous small restaurants and shops.  It also has gas and a small supermarket.  Click here.