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hiking
19 minutes ago

High clearance and decent tires are your safest bet getting to the TH, I made it in my Chevy Cruze though, so make good judgment calls before heading to this trail. Beautiful day on the trail and amazing views at the lake and above! Compact snow is very icy!

hiking
1 day ago

Snow and icy throughout the loop (Nov 17) but definitely worth it! I was lucky to have cloudless gorgeous weather so views were amazing. Not to steep but when hiking clockwise almost 2/3rd is climbing upwards, but overall very enjoyable and good trail. Still, took me almost 3 hours because of slippery paths and I did stop to take photos about every 5 to 10 minutes :)

hiking
4 days ago

Stunning hike! Highly recommend. The drive up is pretty rough but it’s worth it.

trail running
5 days ago

Falls larger and better than expected

hiking
5 days ago

Did this hike yesterday 11/11 and there is definitely snow. I would have loved to have micro spikes with me since some of the parts are very icy and slippery. The views of mount rainier at sunset were insane. I’d highly recommend hiking this trail before the close the road.

Beautiful hike, wet leaf litter and mud near the falls made it a little slow going, but well worth it.

Did this with two kids ages 4 & 8, they loved it. Definitely stop at bench lake first. Lots of bear tracks/scat so be aware.

A beautiful hike.

Very peaceful walk, hearing the sound of the river on the way out and a drop over a ridgeline into the quiet zone the way back. With the campgrounds closed and early start we were the only ones on the trail until we got back to the start. The falls make for a worthwhile destination. I look forward to coming back to see spring run off.

Extra cotton.

hiking
21 days ago

So amazing! Lake was clear and gorgeous! View of mountain was breathtaking! Already thinking about going again.

beautiful hike today! got there about 830 and only ran into one other group! took us about 2.5 hours to complete roundtrip. such amazing views and clear skies! was really cold when we got there, 30° but definitely warmed up by the time we got back down.

hiking
26 days ago

I would have never expected such awesome weather as this in late October at this elevation at Mount Rainier. Not a cloud in the sky. Temps under 60°. Lots and lots of nice, friendly people.

If you have ever been to the top of Chinook pass, then you're familiar with the area. It's extremely popular due to immediate access, entry and trail options.

I basically combined three easy hikes into one to make it more worthwhile. If you ever decide to do the Naches Loop trail, do it in clockwise direction so you're rewarded with stunning views of the majestic Mount Rainier towards the end!
October 21 2018

Went up there for my birthday 10/20 and it was amazing. The weather was clear, sunny, and warm. We got there around 9:30, parking lot was filling up. By the time we came back around 12, parking lot was full and more. I don’t think we walked the whole hike as we started at the trail head and stopped at the top view point, as enough for us and we just chilled there for an hour taking photos and having lunch.

Beautiful hike! The falls are amazing. We look forward to spending time camping here next summer!

This was a beautiful hike and we even were able to see a little bit of the fall colors!

My only complaint is that we saw 10 dogs along the trail as well as a few piles of dog poo. I choose hikes specifically for the benefit of no dogs. I like dogs, just not on my hikes.

Please folks, leave the dogs at home when in a National forest, they're not permitted.

hiking
28 days ago

So I know I wrote a book below and it cut me off, but I do want to say that this was wonderful experience, "the best of times" . I spent a memorable day with my beautiful daughter enjoying magnificent scenery on a warm fall day. Even if you go part way and come back down without doing the entire loop, you won't regret it. Have fun!

hiking
28 days ago

Have you ever read the opening lines of 'A Tale of Two Cities " - "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" ? So let me say, my trek on this hike was the best experience I could have .. and the worst. I expect if you are reading a review on this site that you are either an experienced hiker, or in good shape and a walk on a popular trail up a mountain sounds like a nice way to spend the day. I am neither, and this was challenging for me, but I lived to tell the tale and so I will share my experience. First of all, this is a beautiful hike. Look at the pictures folks have posted on here and you'll see what I mean .. beautiful views of the mountain, gorgeous lakes and if you're lucky like we were (my 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend accompanied me) you will get warm fall temperatures with beautiful blue skies and no bugs this time of year. The trails are well maintained and if you meet another hiker on the trail there is room to step aside to pass. There were lots of families - kids running (although there are very steep slopes and both my daughter and I were a little concerned one of them would go flying off the side, parents carrying kids in backpacks and on part of the trail lots of dogs (where they are allowed). There are plenty of reviews on here about this being an easy hike. And it is. For most of you. And then there are the folks like me … over 60, who never get out on hikes, overweight and don't exercise regularly. BEWARE if you fall into this category! There were a handful of older folks on this trail - you could tell they were avid hikers .. and they were doing great. Me, not so much. And the reason I'm writing this is because we saw one older couple - probably close to 70 who seemed to be struggling quite a bit and I'm hoping they aren't still up there, a day later. I want to save someone from that fate. There are plenty of accurate, positive reviews here, but if you read long enough, you'll find a few that dismiss the idea this is an easy hike and call it moderate. Here are some things to consider if you are one of the nitwits like myself who just thought walking up a freaking mountain would be a piece of cake:
First of all, the pictures on here, although gorgeous, are a bit deceiving. You can see the well maintained trail. Look at some of the trail pictures though, how they are going up, as in UP A MOUNTAIN. I should have taken a picture of the initial steep hill you climb at the trail head, I thought that would be the worst of it. But consider the fact that you are walking all the way up an incline the entire way and there are some that are a bit steeper than any pictures show. Sure, there are some flat spots (and my evil friend, in looking at the pictures said, "looks pretty flat to me") but you are going UP A MOUNTAIN. And that takes some effort for folks like me. So be ready for that. The trail, although in great condition, does have some areas that are a little tricky. We went on October 20th, 2018 - beautiful sunny day. And the trail was dry in most spots, but there is permafrost in some areas that you want to stay off of and other areas where it is muddy and slippery. Also, there are rocky areas that you need to be careful on and lots of areas where there are roots. I managed to trip once on a root and go down, much to my embarrassment. There are also several places where there are steps - basically logs that have been buried across the trail to keep the dirt intact .. and then a step down. Well, some of those steps are a little deep so again, not necessarily the easiest for some (okay, ME after walking all day). And if you are someone who needs to take a break and sit while walking there isn't really anywhere to do that on the trail - occasionally you might find a large rock to sit on, but for the most part not until you get to the viewpoints.
Some housekeeping issues: There is a bathroom at the first parking lot you come to - but no other facilities other than bushes on the trail. Be sure and take plenty of water, I should have taken more than I did which is why my muscles were feeling it towards the end. There are no "you are here" signs with maps so we never really knew where the heck on the trail we were. It was a bit funny, we would ask folks how far it was to Tipsoo or Dewey Lake (or finally to the PARKING LOT)and we'd get a different answer from everyone, even if we asked from the same general area. Gives you an idea of skills levels (one would say it's a quarter mile, others would say from the same location it was an hour walk. Guess what, that uphill 1/4 mile for me WAS an hour walk!) Even the signs for where the trailhead starts aren't clear, and then you get up and on a bridge over 410 and the sign points to the Pacifica Trail which was confusing. Asked a couple of people if we were going in the right direction, they didn't have a clue either so it was just onward and upward for all of us. .

hiked mid October. clear skies , perfect hiking weather. stunning views of Mt Rainer,surrounding ranges and Mr Adams.

beautiful hike. My friend and I went and we were the only ones on the trail, so peaceful.

Such a great little trail. I definitely recommend veering off and visiting bench lake. We were able to see a perfect reflection of Mount Rainier in the lake. We also saw 2 black bears and a lot of moose tracks around snow lake. Would definitely recommend.

This was a gorgeous fall hike! Took the recommendation of beginning counterclockwise and the views were spectacular! It is most definetly kid friendly! I took all 4 of mine and they had a great time. It was REALLY busy in some places, we just moved aside and let folks pass us!

hiking
1 month ago

Wanting to get out to do some photography before the fall colors are completely gone and replaced with snow, I went up for a solo hike on the Naches Peak loop early Friday morning, starting at around 6:15AM to get the sunrise reflection of the mountain in the lake. The hike was beautiful, the mountain stood out clearly (as did Mt. Adams, I believe it is), and the trail was in great condition. In the morning, wildlife was visible (saw some deer, and others saw a black bear wandering, but unfortunately I missed it). As the day went on, the trail began to get much busier with people hiking, and lots of hiking with kids and dogs. The hike is very easy, but the views that you get are great. Plus, as a added bonus, it's always awesome to get up there and meet some new awesome people, which Friday was an excellent day for.

Beautiful views from every turn. A little ice on trail, happy I had my poles.

Perfect morning for this hike, parked around 8:45a with plenty to spaces left. Did the clockwise loop with our 4 year old and completed in just under 2.5hrs (with lots of snack breaks). Clear crisp day gave us lots of beautiful views.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful walking trails. We went on a crisp sunny autumn day and it really was idyllic! The entrance is steep and parking can be tricky but totally worth it! We brought our dogs and three young children. The pathway is muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

We were able to see a few remains of the town!

Hiked Summit Lake on 10/6/18. Saw about 20-25 people the whole day. Lots of dogs on leash including ours. The trail is very well maintained. This is one of my absolute favorite hikes! We started up later in the day, hitting the trailhead around 12:30pm. We met people coming down who didn't have the opportunity to see Mt. Rainier earlier in the day. Our late start meant we were able to get some gorgeous peek-a-boo views of the Mountain when we reached the trail summit. Perfect day!! Yes, the road up is rough, but the parking lot was full so it is definitely not deterring anyone. Please remember to pack your trash out.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

Always amazing. I’ve done both counter clockwise and clockwise and love both ways. As stated before, go clockwise for an easier hike. However, go counterclockwise to get the hard part out-of-the-way first.

Wonderful hike! My 8yo loved it! Even with the snow, slush and mud! Fantastic day for a hike!

Arrived to the parking lot at 0830 today and was expecting to see some autumn colors and found a winter wonderland. It was a beautiful and refreshing hike, it was just what I needed.

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