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This 1-mile loop trail, which is located west of the Stevens Canyon Entrance on the Ohanapecosh River, takes you to an island where 1,000-year-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees tower over you. Visitors call this a "beautiful loop trail" and say the old growth trees are "amazing." Travelers also said they loved the swinging suspension bridge. Self-guiding signs are posted along the trail.

According to the park service, the Ohanapecosh area, named for a Taidnapam (Upper Cowlitz) Indian habitation site along the river, is thought to mean "standing at the edge," which seems appropriate. The park service also says that the east side of the park is somewhat drier and sunnier than the west side, making it a good destination when Paradise and Longmire are wet and foggy. Ohanapecosh is not open in the winter. 

Access to the trail is covered by park admission and a visitor center, a campground and a picnic area are all available on-site. For more information about this trail, visit the Ohanapecosh page on the NPS website.

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#1 Paradise Paradise, which is located at an elevation of 5,400 feet, is a great place to start your park visit and where you'll find the Paradise Jackson Visitor Center ... Read more » jurgita.photography / Getty Images

#2 Sunrise From its elevation at 6,400 feet, Sunrise offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the surrounding valleys. From this perch, travelers will have views of Mount Rainier and other volcanoes in ... Read more » Mark C Stevens / Getty Images

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#4 Silver Falls Trail This 3-mile round-trip trail, which begins from the Ohanapecosh Campground, takes visitors to gorgeous Silver Falls and is relatively flat and easy to hike, making it popular with families. The ... Read more » Bruce Heinemann / Getty Images

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#6 Longmire When the park was established in 1899, James Longmire's homestead and mineral springs resort became the park's headquarters. Longmire settled in the area in the mid-1800s, discovered the ... Read more » Jasperdo / Flickr

Paradise picture in Mount Rainier National Park
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Paradise picture in Mount Rainier National Park
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Grove of the Patriarchs picture in Mount Rainier National Park
Silver Falls Trail picture in Mount Rainier National Park
Skyline Trail picture in Mount Rainier National Park
Longmire picture in Mount Rainier National Park

Hiking is a popular activity in the Paradise area of the park. jurgita.photography / Getty Images

From Sunrise, hikers can enjoy great views of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier. Mark C Stevens / Getty Images

Centuries-old Douglas fir and western red cedar trees tower overhead in the Grove of the Patriarchs. MWP / Getty Images

Three different hikes of varying lengths lead to the stunning Silver Falls and Ohanapecosh River. Bruce Heinemann / Getty Images

To catch the park's wild flowers in peak bloom along the Skyline Trail, plan your visit for late July. Feng Wei Photography / Getty Images

The Longmire area of the park, which is now a designated national historic district, hosts the building used as the original park headquarters. Jasperdo / Flickr

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