Naches Peak Loop Trail

EASY 158 reviews

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 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
6 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.

6 months ago

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

6 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.

6 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
6 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.

6 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
7 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.

7 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Great sunrise hike!

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months 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.

7 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months 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!

8 months ago

Gorgeous scenery. Mildly challenging. Great up and down loop.

8 months ago

Some of the best views you can see in the state. Trail wasn't too busy. Loved the wildflowers and lakes.

8 months ago

Amazing hike. Recommend going clockwise on the loop and bringing bug spray. But the flowers abs the views are stunning this summer. Very easy trail and worth stopping for a feet soak in one or two of the little lakes along the way.

8 months ago

This trail was so breathtaking, panoramic views at every turn! wildflowers everywhere! I will be coming back! Don't forget spray for mosquitos, they were everywhere.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun hike with kids. Beautiful scenery. Mosquitos were heavy on North side of the hike and lesser on the South side.

hiking
8 months ago

Driving directions spot on. Parked at Tipsoo Lake at 8:30 am, maybe 6 cars in the parking lot. NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful/Interagency pass needed. Started at the trail from Tipsoo Lake and went clockwise. Trail is well maintained. One area with snow to cross, very easily passable. Very little tree cover. Absolutely gorgeous day at Mt. Rainier. Not a cloud in the sky. Mosquitoes were present from the get go. Bug spray. Clothes and all. Flowers are really starting to bloom all along the trail. After leaving the view point for Dewey Lake, clear, beautiful view of Mt. Rainier the rest of the hike down. More flowers to come in the next week(s). When we returned to the parking lot, 2 hours later (lots of stops for photos, we were a larger group), parking lot and overflow filled, cars parking along the side of the road.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the most amazing hikes I've ever done. Views everywhere you turn. So beautiful. Super hot and tons of bugs so bring water and bug spray. This is a can't miss hike! Was there yesterday, there were small patches of snow but super easy to walk on.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is amazing! This was my second time on this trail. I would say it's better earlier in morning, more wildlife, nice cool breezes, fewer bugs and only a few others on the trail.

8 months ago

Fun lil hike! Great views, packed a raft in and hung out on the lake for a few hours. Not a bad way to spend a day

hiking
9 months ago

Is there anything this trail doesn't have? It was outstanding!!! We started the trail counter clockwise which I guess is considered the "wrong way" but it was just absolutely beautiful. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife. Views of Mt Rainier as well as Mt Adams and the surroundings valley. We took our time on the loop as there were so many picture opportunities!!! The PCT side still has a lot of snow. Highly recommend good traction shoes as well as poles for stability. Most of the snow is packed down but it's still melting obviously so just be wary. Great places to stop for lunch on this loop. I do think going clockwise would be the most impressive heading towards Rainier but either way is stunning.

9 months ago

Went to hike this trail 6/27, and still no trail due to snow. Probably won't be accessible until at least late July, maybe August depending on how warm it gets up there. Tipsoo lake is still covered in snow as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike last summer around July...so a very late post but decided I should rate this hike because it's such a Beautiful hike and easily done with family. lots of wildflowers and some hikers were picking huckleberry...there was a few lakes along the trail too...plan to do this again next month!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Chinook pass is closed to all traffic and you cannot get to Naches Peak trailhead this way. 5/26/17. The scenery and trails around the pass are fantastic!

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