Naches Peak Loop Trail

EASY 133 reviews

Naches Peak Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from July until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. For a clockwise hike of the Naches Peak Loop Trail, follow the trail from the picnic area to Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail. This easy loop is one of the most popular hikes 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. NOTE: Always check current trail conditions before heading out. Log footbridges frequently wash out during the winter or other conditions could be affecting the trail. Along the Trail To get the best views of Mount Rainier, hike the loop in a clockwise direction. This loop provides the hiker with breathtaking views of the Mountain, a look at beautiful subalpine meadows, and an abundant supply of huckleberries in late summer and early fall. Backpacking 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. 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.

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11 hours ago

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5 days ago

Easy hike on a warm day. 3 hours total with a detour down to Dewey Lake. Definitely hike clockwise from Tipsoo lake as the views are better - we did counter clockwise from the end of the trail on the other side of 410. Saw the Norse Peak fire smoke coming over the ridge at the PCT junction - crazy and awesome at the same time.

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14 days ago

18 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, Sept 3rd. I like this hike a lot. For me it's a 4-Star, short with great views. Reportedly a bear on the south side of the peak in the huckleberries but we didn't see it. Lots of people on the trail for the holiday hike. The forest fires in E Wa on the north side of the 410 HWY were visible from the trail.

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23 days ago

Great sunrise hike!

Is this location hard to find and get to? Do
You enter the main park?

hiking
27 days ago

We went today (Sunday) and got there around 10am. There were still parking spots when we arrived. We did the loop clockwise like alltrails suggest. We brought our 10 month old and 2.5 year old. So glad we did as we're walking towards Mount Rainier for the second half of the loop. Beautiful hike with basically gorgeous views the whole time. Lots of wildflowers still and tons of bees. You could hear them all buzzing around in the meadows. Also a lot of crickets jumping on the trail, but thankfully not many mosquitoes. We ran into a ranger who pointed out some blueberries on the trail (about 2/3 or so down the loop) and mentioned that a prior group had seen a bear. I would do this hike again any day.

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30 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

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1 month ago

This is an amazing hike. Beautiful views, gorgeous flowers. I had to help a gal who saw a bear when she started down the trail to dewy lake. Pretty busy for a weekday. I would not call this an easy hike. More of a medium-moderate.

1 month ago

The most beautiful hike I've been on...went in July, so snow was mostly melted but still had patches. Every turn was either an over look, or a lake, or a scenic view of Ranier. 100% recommend this hike!