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Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier Area

Location

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon
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Length

3.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 5850 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries.

The hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail on the northern flank of Naches Peak and the Naches Peak Trail on the southern flank. The loop is best done clockwise for outstanding views of Mount Rainier.

This hike begins at Tipsoo Lake and then traverses a steep hillside on the northern flank of Naches Peak. As you climb a gentle slope, you will look down on a small lush valley that is a wildflower heaven. In late July and early August you may be treated to a flower festival including blue lupine, white bistort, and magenta paintbrush. Along the way you will pass an unnamed lakelet where you may be tempted to take off your boots and go wading.

As the loop wraps around the east side of Naches Peak, the trail comes to a viewpoint with Dewey Lake over 600 feet below. The smooth rock bench here makes an excellent place to eat lunch or take a break. This is a popular place, however, so be prepared to share the experience with others.

Just after the Dewey Lake viewpoint, the Pacific Crest Trail comes to a junction with the Naches Peak Loop trail. Go right and follow the trail along the southern side of Naches Peak,where you will cross alpine meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. This is an exceptionally picturesque area, and it is easy to get fantastic photos here. Many people feel this is the highlight of the loop. Follow this trail back to the Tipsoo Lake parking lot to complete your loop.

Note on dogs: Part of this trail is on National Forest land and part in the National Park. Mount Rainier does not allow dogs, so if you do have your four-legged hiking companion with you, please consult a map and note where your canine friend is able to hike, and where they'll have to stay behind. You can also find other locations in the Mount Rainier Area that are dog friendly by consulting our Hiking Guide

 

Naches Peak Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.8674, -121.5176 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon

Pacific Crest Trail (#TR 2000)

Mount Rainier National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park Trails

by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer

Best Loop Hikes in Washington

by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer

50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

by Ira Spring & Harvey Manning

100 Classic Hikes in Washington

by Ira Spring & Harvey Manning

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

Buy the Green Trails Bumping Lake No. 271 map

Getting There

From the ranger station in Enumclaw, drive east on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) about 44 miles. Half a mile before (west of) Chinook Pass, park at the Tipsoo Lake parking area. Facilities are available at the Tipsoo Lake parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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