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Naches Peak Loop

 17 votes

Length

3.6 Miles 5.9 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

608' 185 m

Ascent

-612' -186 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

5,871' 1,790 m

High

5,298' 1,615 m

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

Tom Robson

Overview

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.
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.
Dogs: Leashed

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.

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.

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Oct 28, 2017
Josh Gaydeski
Snow on the trail for 90% of the loop, on the N/NW slopes. Plenty of foot traffic has created a solid boot pack for all of it. Trekking poles helped.
Oct 8, 2017
Andrew Reed
Lots of snow! Was beautiful.
Sep 6, 2017
Sup Dude
Aug 26, 2017
Onice Curitol
You MUST bring mosquito repellent!!!. Otherwise you this gorgeous hike can be bittersweet. This is THE BEST hike that I have been. Totally recommended
Aug 23, 2017
Brandi Edwards
3.6mi
Aug 12, 2017
Kate Owens
Jul 29, 2017
Brad Strathman
This hike is spectacular. Great alternative to seeing wildflowers near the PCT junction. Great views looking of Mt. Rainier looking west. 3.6mi
Jul 26, 2017
Sean Gimenez
3mi

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  4.5 from 17 votes

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