We started at the Ohanapecosh Campground and hiked along the Silver Falls Loop until we reached this viewpoint.
The path led downhill to the trail to the Grove of the Patriarchs. We crossed a footbridge across the Ohanapecosh River to get there. One person at a time, please, because the bridge is bouncy!
Here are a few of the giant old-growth trees in the Grove of the Patriarchs. This area is easily accessible with a parking lot only a 1/4-mile walk away. We saw several families along the path.
This photo of me shows the size of the root system of this fallen giant. Nature's sculpture.
We crossed Laughingwater Creek several times... once on a log bridge (with a handrail).
The Ohanapecosh River at the campground that shares its name... and the end of our trail.
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