Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
Father of All Trees
"Groves of the Patriarchs,"
copyright Mt. Rainier National Park
At Ohanapecosh, just southeast of Paradise, you'll find Groves of the Patriarchs, home of the largest trees in the park. Try not to strain your neck looking up. There are hundreds of trees standing more than 250 feet tall!
While here, take the 1.5-mile Groves of the Patriarchs Trail, an easy nature trail that goes upstream through beautiful woods. At the half-mile mark, cross a suspension bridge onto an island in the Ohanapecosh River. The island has been spared from forest fires, so some trees are giants! A patch of 20 western red cedars have circumferences of more than 25 feet.