Grove of the Patriarchs Trailhead

A hiker walks across a suspension bridge in the forest above bright blue water.
Hike across the suspension bridge and find yourself in a grove of ancient trees.

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Quick Facts
Located just beyond the Stevens Canyon Entrance on Stevens Canyon Road.

Parking - Auto, Restroom, Toilet - Flush, Trailhead

Season: Summer Only (May - October)
NOTE: The Grove of the Patriarchs is CLOSED to all public entry due to flooding in November 2021 which caused significant damage to the suspension bridge that provides the only safe access to the area (News Release, 11/17/21). The Grove of the Patriarchs Trail will remain closed until the bridge can be replaced, which will first require a series of environmental evaluations and engineering work to reevaluate the bridge design. During the closure, the Grove of the Patriarchs parking lot and restrooms have normal seasonal access, along with the Eastside and Silver Falls Trails. Construction to replace the bridge is scheduled to begin summer 2027. Summers represent the only viable construction season in the park due to the heavy snow that blankets the park from roughly November through May.

The Grove of the Patriarchs is a wonderland of old growth trees and a bustling forest floor. Wander through trails boardwalks, bridges, and dirt paths while winding through centuries old trees. This trail is a destination for thousands of hikers each year. The Grove of the Patriarchs is a 1.1-mile round-trip, self-guided nature trail.  

It begins at the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead, just inside the park boundary beyond the Stevens Canyon Entrance. There is a parking lot and restrooms at the trailhead. Hike through the forest, and reach a short suspension bridge, connecting the trail to a small island in the middle of the Ohanapecosh River to a small loop on the island, consisting of boardwalks and dirt trail. Here, you can see the large old-growth Douglas-fir, silver fir, hemlock, and Western red cedar trees. Not to be overshadowed by the large trees, lush undergrowth can be found near the forest floor. Waysides line the trail giving visitors information on the area. Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Several trails connect to this trailhead. The Eastside Trail is accessed at the junction just before the suspension bridge crossing the Ohanapecosh River. Hikers can also access the Silver Falls Trail by crossing Stevens Canyon Road to the Eastside Trail Trailhead and continue 0.5 mile to meet up with the Silver Falls Trail. Continue another 1.2 miles to reach the Ohanapecosh Campground.

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Last updated: February 2, 2024