“This loop provides some of the best views of Mount Rainier around, and a plethora of wildflowers.
— Tom Robson
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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.
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.