Urns Through Time


Ohanapecosh Campground

From Interstate 5, 45 miles south of Olympia, take exit 68 and drive east on US 12 for 72 miles to WA 123. Turn left onto WA 123 and drive 4 miles to the entrance. The parks through road begins 1 mile further north.

This camp is set at an elevation of 1,914 feet at the base of the beautiful 14,410-foot volcano, Mount Rainier. Located in the southeast corner of the park Ohanapecosh Campground is crisscrossed by two lovely streams with the Ohanapecosh river running through it's center. The bridge over the river has an incredible view and is a great place for star gazing on clear nights. A rustic Amphitheater offers campfire side programs in the summer months. The campground has 188 sites on Loops A thru H. It is amazing that in a campground of this size so many of the sites have lovely views of the streams and the river and/or other interesting attributes! Flush toilets, drinking water, and a dump station are available.

The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center features exhibits on the history of the forest plus visitor information. The Rangers offer interpretive talks and walks throughout the visitor season and offer educational opportunities for children to connect to the wonder of the forest. Behind the center a 0.5 mile Life Systems Trail takes you on a walk through quiet green forest under towering Douglas firs and Hemlocks past the Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.

The Grove of the Patriarchs Trail: The Ohanapecosh River surrounds an island of towering, thousand-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedars known as the Grove of the Patriarchs. The trail follows alongside the Ohanapecosh River guiding you to the island and the grandeur of its ancient trees.

Silver Falls Trail: From Loop B of the Ohanapecosh Campground this 3 mile trail takes you on an exquisite excursion along the Ohanapecosh river. At the 75 foot falls the river is squeezed between the rocks producing a silvery spray.

NOTE: Many of the missing sites are closed due to "Hazard Trees" and in Loop C more then half are closed for repair, we will photograph them as soon as there open and we can get back there.

The Photo Gallery of Grove of the Patriarchs Trail