This facility is the group site at Ohanapecosh Campground. Ohanapecosh, on the southeast side of Mount Rainier National Park, is surrounded by old growth forest and crossed by an exceptionally beautiful snow-fed river. Close to Ohanapecosh are popular hikes to Silver Falls and the Grove of the Patriarchs.
The main attraction at Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain itself, a glacier-clad volcano of immense proportions. At 14,411 ft., it dominates the skyline for hundreds of miles. Visitors travel through majestic old-growth forests, past tumbling waterfalls and historic buildings to reach sub-alpine meadows, where world-famous wildflower displays are seen in July and August. Popular activities in the park include sight-seeing, hiking, climbing and camping.
Ohanapecosh campground has an elevation of 1,914 feet. Weather is dry, cool and sunny in the summer with daytime temperatures in the 60 to 80-degree range. Even though the eastern side of the park can be sunnier than other areas, weather can be variable and visitors should come prepared.
The most popular campground in the park, Ohanapecosh is convenient to both the Paradise and Sunrise areas. Numerous hiking trails originate both in and nearby the facility, including the Grove of the Patriarchs trail, which leads hikers through stands of old growth forest, and several trails that lead to Silver Falls waterfall. For visitors who would like to learn more about natural and cultural history, the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center is close by.
There are two group sites. Both have tent-only camping, and each can fit up to 25 people. Drinking water is provided. Visitors must use extra caution with food storage, as bear and other animals inhabit the area around the campground.
Ohanapecosh is thought to be a Taidnapam Indian word for "standing on the edge" of the Ohanapecosh River. The river itself is lined with mossy boulders and drains cold, clear water from higher elevations. Its banks are lined with thick, old growth Douglas fir trees and other evergreens. There is no direct view of Mt. Rainier from the campground, but the mountain dominates the landscape in nearby areas of the park.
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We took a hike around the trail. Saw the waterfalls. We ended with a picnic and swimming in the river.
This campground is in Mount Rainier N.P. on the Ohanapecosh River. There were only 3 loops open for the season when we went in 2013. It was packed and on a self-serve type of system for reserving. You find an open spot with no tag on it and go to a kiosk to pay for it. Then you hang your paid tag on the post so everyone knows it is taken. A very cool idea except most of the large spots that RVs could fit it were occupied by tents. We squeezed into a place in Loop C by the restrooms and set up camp for a few days. The sites don't have hookups but do come with a picnic table and fire ring. There is a dump station. There are bathrooms but no showers. Max RV length is 32 ft. Sites are a little tight from our experience. The river was very powerful and you could hear the swift water running through the campground. A large area of trees on the mountain were missing from a landslide that happened in 2006. They had record rainfall in 2 days that caused flooding in the park. The roads were under water and there was a lot of damage from the rains/flooding. we joined several other families in a hike called Silver Falls which was about 3 miles. The plants along the path were mostly ferns with very little flowers. Once we reached the falls area, everyone sat for some snacks and a little rest. The men thought it would be fun to jump in the water which registered around 45 degrees. That started a line up of kids who wanted to do the same. No women were crazy enough to follow suit. Later that evening, we did some repelling by the bridge. We had smores and sat by the campfire till late. One of our boys got his junior ranger badge before leaving the campground the next day. We drove to Paradise Visitor center further into the park to get our passport stamp and get some souvenirs. Everything was under snow up there. It was very beautiful but freezing in June!
Loved this campgrounds! Lots of trails to hike, pet friendly, and the river is a sight to see. Beautiful. Go during Memorial or Labor Day weekend and you can also check out the NW largest flea market in Packwood WA about 15 mins away.
Took my youth group to the camp ground for a weekend camping trip. Oh my what fun! The group site was perfect for our group of teens. The loved being able to amble around and check out the nature around us. We hiked from the campground to the Grove of the Patriarch's trail which I believe round trip was about 4 miles. We all enjoyed swimming in the river near by and the kiddos enjoyed jumping of the rocks into the deeper part of the swimming hole.
We stayed at Ohanapecosh a little bit by accident. We had originally intended our trip to be a large group and had only looked at group campsites, and when we went (August 2015) the Cougar Rock group campground in the Paradise area was closed. So we stayed on Ohanapecosh, and it was absolutely one of my favorite campgrounds from our entire trip- and we stayed in a LOT of campgrounds (13, to be exact). We had two sites for 8 people, E09 and E11, and it was the perfect amount. It wouldn't have felt strange if we had been in one site or the other with another group in the opposite site as they were reasonably spread out, but those two sites were definitely grouped together a little more than other sites. It was nice to not feel like the campsites were all right on top of each other! Our sites were incredibly beautiful; close to the river, with nothing but trees and nature between us and the water. We were far enough from the bathroom that we didn't get much foot traffic, but close enough to not be a hassle for the pregnant member of our group. :) Definitely a little hidden gem in Mount Rainier- even during the busy summer the campground was quiet and relaxed.
We loved this campground. Great hikes, steep and a challenge if out of shape. Worth it for the falls views and glacier breezes along the river. Many private sites that make you feel you are on your own. Great family vacation.