Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail

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  • Historic old-growth forest memorial. This Douglas fir dated to 1293 A.D.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh Hot Springs.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls/Ohanapecosh Hot Springs Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh River from the Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh River from the Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh River from the Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh River from the Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls. Mount Rainier National Park.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Bridge over Ohanapecosh River on the Silver Falls Loop Trail.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Ohanapecosh River chasm.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
  • Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park.- Silver Falls and Hot Springs Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Narrow canyon with numerous waterfalls and chasms.
Cons: 
Hot springs NOT for soaking (only a minor stream).
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
340.00 ft (103.63 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
3.40 mi (5.47 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,880.00 ft (573.02 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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It is said that the Taidnapam Native American Tribe had a settlement along the river called "áw-xanapaykaš," meaning "standing on the edge." It's a fitting title, as the Ohanapecosh River cuts through the dense old-growth forests on Mount Rainier's southeast side, chiseling deep, impassable chasms and dropping countless cascades. The tallest of these cascades is Silver Falls, a 90-foot series of drops ending in a 40-foot plunge, all of which can be impressively violent after a long spell of rain.

One can view the falls and the Ohanapecosh River Gorge by accessing either the Eastside Trail from Stevens Canyon Road at the trailhead for Grove of the Patriarchs (1.4 miles total) or by departing from Ohanapecosh Campground (3.4 miles total).  Either way, the hike through the dense Pacific Northwest conifer forest along the river is truly magical. If you depart from the campground you'll pass by Ohanapecosh Hot Springs, a modest thermal spring that creates a thick, mineral rich, grassy meadow.

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