Ohanapecosh, Mt. Rainier State Park, Washington
Set in the southeast corner of Mt. Rainier State park, campers at Ohanapecosh is a hiker’s dream come true. Campers can amble along for hours in the majestic and comfortably shady old growth forest, exploring the area along the Ohanapecosh River. And when they raise their gaze from the abundant flora they’re rewarded with a view of Mount Rainier, a sight which fills the skyline from many vantage points. Trail lengths vary from very short to fairly short to sort-of-long— perfect for beginner hikers, especially those who are still toddling along. There are even a few stroller-friendly ‘hikes’. All the hikes in this old growth forest area are pretty breathtaking, but a special treat is the hike to Silver Falls. At three miles round trip, the hike to Silver Falls may be a bit long for families with small children, but certainly worth the effort. Just pack a lunch, take turns with the baby backpack and make a day of it.
Image credits: Silver Falls photo courtesy Shaina Keane