Silver Falls / Grove of the Patriarchs
|Length: 5 total miles
|Elevation Gain: 400 feet
|Trail Type: out-and-back
|Skill Level: more difficult
|Season: Jan – early March
|Top Elevation: 2,500 feet
For those looking for a setting of peace and quiet, without a lot of ups and downs or route finding, this is an excellent choice. The trail to Silver Falls is flat and wide and relatively easy to follow. Take time to enjoy the quiet, dense forest as you trek through the trees. Enjoy the mighty Ohanapecosh River that follows the trail, eventually leading to magnificent Silver Falls. During the winter, the dramatic shards of ice that line the falls create a stunning winter scene. From the falls, the trail continues to Grove of the Patriarchs where you can look on a massive stand of trees over 1,000 years old. At this point, return the way you came, taking in deep breaths of that clean, crisp mountain air. Always carry and map and compass. Prior to your trek to Silver Falls, contact Mt. Rainier National Park, 360-569-2211 ext. 3314 for road conditions and more information.
Directions: From Packwood, drive east on U.S. Highway 12 to the junction with SR 123 and turn left onto SR 123 (north). Drive to the Ohanapecosh Campground on the left. (This may be the end of the plowed road, although often the road is plowed another 1.5 miles to the Stevens Canyon entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park.). Park in the plowed lot at the campground.