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Naches Peak Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop provides some of the best views of Mount Rainier around, and a plethora of wildflowers.


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.9

KM

Loop

5,871' 1,790 m

High

5,298' 1,615 m

Low

608' 185 m

Up

612' 186 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Explore the subalpine flower fields and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier. Late summer and fall bring an abundant supply of huckleberries.

Pets are allowed only on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the loop, outside of the park, and they must be leashed. Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed on the section of the Naches Peak Loop Trail within the park, nor are they allowed on any other trails inside the park. Fires are prohibited. Treat water before drinking.

Overview

To get the best views of Mount Rainier, hike the loop in a clockwise direction. This loop provides breathtaking views of the Mountain, a look at beautiful subalpine meadows, and an abundant supply of huckleberries in late summer and early fall.

Need to Know

There is no camping along the Naches Peak Loop Trail within Mount Rainier National Park. Nor are there any suitable sites for camping along the Pacific Crest Trail within the park. Camping is permitted on adjacent United States Forest Service lands. Permits are required for camping.

The closest town with services to this trail is Enumclaw, WA not Eatonville. Hwy 410 goes through Enumclaw from the west-side through Greenwater (has a small convenience store) and is near Crystal Mountain Resort.

Description

Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. For a clockwise route, follow the trail from the picnic area to Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail.

This easy loop is one of the most popular in the park. It starts out along the Pacific Crest Trail at Chinook Pass and leads south, traversing the east side of Naches Peak 1.6 miles until intersecting the Naches Loop Trail. To continue the loop and return to Tipsoo Lake in 1.4 miles, follow the Naches Loop Trail along the west side of Naches Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Subalpine meadows teeming with wildflowers, and an abundance of huckleberries.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Patti Haven

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Photos

Looking across the Chinook Pass highway towards Sourdough Ridge
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Wildflowers going off!
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Lupine meadow on Naches Loop Trail
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Amazing views of Mt Rainier along the trail
Aug 16, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
Majestic Mt Rainier view from the trail
Aug 16, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
Checking out a small pond
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Feb 3, 2020
Kortnee Withak
Sep 2, 2019
Esther Phung
Aug 30, 2019
Maximus Iva
Aug 14, 2019
Paul Billings
Beautiful wildflowers. Great view of MORA on the return
Jul 16, 2019
Trent Smith
Oct 14, 2018
Joshua Groppe
3.6mi
Sep 30, 2018
Nicholas Ladd
Sep 30, 2018
Hai Tran
4.5mi