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Mount Rainier National Park

Ohanapecosh at Mount Rainier National Park - BEST Places to Picnic

238th Ave. East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone
Headquarters
(360) 569-2211

WELCOME to Ohanapecosh!

Located in the southeast corner of the park, Ohanapecosh, named for a Taidnapam (Upper Cowlitz) Indian habitation site along the river, is thought to mean �standing at the edge.� Situated among Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks, visitors to Ohanapecosh can experience the beauty and complexity of an old-growth forest. 

The east side of the park is also somewhat drier and sunnier than the west side, making it a good destination when Paradise and Longmire are wet and foggy. Ohanapecosh is not accessible in winter.

Ohanapecosh is located 3 miles north of the park boundary on highway 123 and 42 miles east of the Nisqually Entrance.

Services at Ohanapecosh include:

  • The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, open from June to early October, offers exhibits, guided interpretive programs, and book sales.
  • The Ohanapecosh Campground and picnic area are also open only from late May to early October.
  • At the Grove of the Patriarchs, located approximately 3 miles north of the visitor center and campground, visitors can hike a 1 mile nature trail along the Ohanapecosh River and through old growth forest.

Enjoy these day hikes in the Ohanapecosh area.

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