Scenic USA - Washington
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
One of the most popular hikes in Mount Rainier National Park leads visitors through a rare kingdom of ancient trees. To enter the Grove of the Patriarchs, a short trail leads out to an island surrounded by the Ohanapecosh River. Snow free from June through October, the grove of old growth Douglas fir, western red cedars and western hemlocks are typical trees of a montane forest. The Douglas fir is one of the most abundant trees here, with some of the ancient trees reaching heights of 250 feet. Named for David Douglas, a Scottish botanist, some of these giants are 1000 years old. Ranked among the greatest botanical explorations of the 19th century, Douglas walked and canoed over 6000 miles in search of new plants and trees of the Pacific Northwest.
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