Naches Peak Loop Trail

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Naches Peak Loop Trail is a 3.3 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
636 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

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.

hiking
1 day ago

effort but not difficult, so don’t expect a challenge but it’s not a cakewalk either. incredibly scenic. views of mt. ranier, but go clockwise in order to not be walking away from it. bugs not as bad as the other reviewers seem to suggest. 5/5

hiking
4 days ago

amazingly beautiful hike with lots to stop and take in. took our 3.5 year old and he did great. lots of steep edges to be aware of.

hiking
6 days ago

one of the most beautiful trails when wildflowers are at their peak. downside...mosquitoes. Even with Deet, the bite through cloths

11 days ago

Beautiful wildflowers! Reasonably even and not-too-steep trail. The bugs bit us up pretty badly, even with bug spray, so I recommend long sleeves. Quite busy parking lot (probably 8-10 people waiting in the bathroom line at any time), and lots of people and dogs on the trail.

hiking
12 days ago

Gorgeous views!! Lots of mosquitos bring bug spray. Otherwise, perfect family hike :)

13 days ago

Beautiful hike, especially if you go when the wildflowers are at their peak. Good for any level hiker and has beautiful views of Mt Rainer...when it’s not cloudy.

hiking
15 days ago

We had a wonderful day on the trail. 4.5 hours to do the full loop with 4 little kids with us ages 2,4,6 & 8. The youngest was carried in an ergo some of the way but walked most of it. We ended up going counter clockwise so the hard elevation was first. This is definitely the more challenging way to go. Stopped for an hour break for lunch at the top. Beautiful views.

hiking
16 days ago

We hit the Naches Peak Loop trail today, it was beautiful, weather was perfect a slight breeze. traffic on the trail was pretty heavy for a Wednesday but not a problem. there are several small lakes on this trail that add to the beauty. I recommend, like others do, to hike the trail counterclockwise. after approx. 2 miles you will have incredible views of Rainier in front of you! Found some ripe blueberries just past the outlook over Dewey lake. Also saw a Fisher near lake Tipsoo! What a great Hike, God's creation is majestic!

hiking
18 days ago

Decent views, but the bugs were horrible. Definitely recommend bug spray!

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, July 29th. There are a few places to park to begin this trail, but we chose to park at the Tipsoo Lake parking lot. We arrived at 9:20AM and the parking lot was about 2/3rds full.

Trail is in good condition, with the only obstacle really being one downed tree near the start of the trail (if going clockwise). For concern of any hikers with unsteady footing, there are some limited sections where the trail is narrow with some drop-offs, but otherwise, quite safe and steady.

We hiked going counter-clockwise - if you choose to go this direction, you'll reach the peak early (about 1/3rd of the way) but that also means the elevation gain comes immediately.

You will encounter a lot of bugs throughout the entirety of the hike. That coupled with the hot weather in the sun, would recommend completely covering yourself (sleeves, long pants), wearing a hat. Do not forget your bug spray at home.

19 days ago

Hike is easy with Amazing views..
lots of mosquito so use bug spray a lot!

hiking
22 days ago

Great easy hike that I like to do every year. I highly recommend it for families. The views are amazing. Lots of mosquitos but that is just a part of hiking.

hiking
26 days ago

ABSOLUTELY NEED BUGSPRAY. Honestly the buggiest trail I have hiked yet this year. Like others have said, make sure you take the trail clockwise. Best hikes in morning or early afternoon. In the evening the sun sets right behind the mountain and gives poor visibility for photos:viewing with the glimmer of the ice off of Rainier’s peak.

hiking
26 days ago

Arrived at the TH around 8:30am with a decent amount of cars in the lot- but still available parking. Start the trail going clockwork se from the picnic area, that way you are facing Rainier during the hike, and not with your back against it. Gorgeous views throughout the trail- very scenic with lots of wildflowers. Trail was moderately trafficked. Stopped to have lunch overlooking Dewey Lake. We didn’t go down to the lake but will definitely check out next time. The bugs are terrible this year so I would recommend bug spray!!

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing views. Still some snow but melting fast making a few parts of the trail muddy and slippery, so plant your feet well before taking the next step. Saw a deer grazing. A few places with some steep elevation but doable (I have bad knees)

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on Saturday the 14th of July, 2018.
It was just as expected with a few areas of snow on the trail to traverse vs two weeks prior with over 3 feet of snow. “Cancelled that hike as I wasn’t prepared.”
Flowers were just coming into bloom, bugs were happy to see and bite us! The views are always breathtaking for such an easy hike for young to old.

1 month ago

Last year we hiked that trail, great loop and we ate lunch on the way back. I would do it again, definitely.

hiking
1 month ago

6/30/18 There are still several feet of snow, all the way to the parking lot. Trail is buried and lakes are still frozen. You can't get very far without crampons.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for wildflowers when they are in bloom!

8 months ago

Highly recommend. Great way to see a lot of the varied beauty of Mt Rainier NP in a very short easy hike.

9 months ago

Beautiful views all along the trail. Nice chance to hit the Pacific Crest Trail.

9 months ago

The trail was covered in a foot of snow so unfortunately we only got about halfway before we had to turn around due to an avalanche that covered the path. We still had fun and loved the views.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail! Multiple lake views, a scenic bridge overpass and if you're lucky a stunning view of Rainier. Go clockwise for the best views of the mountain. 3 inches of snow when hiking it yesterday, which was a surprise. Bring your hiking boots and leave extra socks/shoes in the car as there are some heavy runoff puddles at the end.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike! Some snow in areas, it was lovely!

10 months ago

Lovely easy hike, frost and some ice in the shady parts, beautiful views are always stunning no matter how many times I hike this.

10 months ago

A beautiful hike! Beautiful views considering it's rated as easy. I went clockwise as suggested by many others here and I'm glad I did. This way you're walking toward Rainier instead of having your back toward it for the majority of the hike. Lots of fall colors right now too!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike — what’s not really clear in the description is that only half of it is pet friendly so if you start on the National Park side it is a very short walk to the trailhead where it says no pets and you head back to your car. The national forest side however allows you to bring pets with paid parking or ATB Pass. Please keep your pets on leash and children close as we saw two black bears in relatively close visual range on our hike and would hate for something to happen to them or your loved ones.

10 months ago

Great hike, nice day. Easy enough for the whole family. No dogs allowed on trail. Primitive bathrooms at trailhead. Heard bear sighted near trail but never saw it.

I guess we are slowish hikers, but took about three hours to complete. Took clockwise trail for max Rainier viewing potential. Would definitely hike again when people come to visit WA, as would be good for a newbie hiker.

hiking
10 months 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.

11 months 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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