Saturday, March 7, 2009

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: Grove of the Patriarchs

Pictures of trees often don't work in this sort of format, because it's difficult to gain a perspective on just how big they are. Take it from someone who has been there, these are big trees.

The trail at Mount Rainier is called the Grove of the Patriarchs. It's an easy walk on the southeast side of the park, maybe a mile or so round-trip. The trees are estimated to be about 1,000 years old, which means they were 500 years old when Columbus stopped by. Some of them are so wide, it would take about five people standing side-by-side to cover them up.

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