Old Growth Forest
Old-Growth forests, such as the on at Grove of the Patriarchs, comprise some of the richest and most productive ecosystems on Earth. These dense, coniferous forests clothe the lower slopes and valleys of Mount Rainier National Park. Reaching from an elevation of 2,000 ft to over 6,000 ft, these forests cover 60% of the landscape of the park. The Grove is an outstanding examle of the virgin forest that once extended over most of western Washington.
the Douglas-firs, Western redcedars and Western hemlocks that dominate the surrounding Old Growth forest are but parts of the total community of animals, plants, climate, geology, soil, sunlight and water that make this a stately place.