Naches Peak Loop Trail

EASY 86 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

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
16 minutes 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.

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
3 days ago

hiking
4 days 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.

trail running
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

25 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

2 months ago

Gorgeous views, unbeatable. I did it with my dad, who is in his early 70s and has had both hips replaced and he did great. Can't wait to do it again.

2 months ago

Best in early winter time when the entire trail is filled with snow

8 months ago

stunning views

8 months ago

wound up on another trail. you should definitely study a good map before heading out. the picnic spot is not marked on the road, or anywhere. the trail head is poorly marked. and if you don't know that this trail diverges from the main trail... you might wind up hiking back on the highway like me.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous hike with wonderful views of Mt. Rainier. Due to the snow the trail wasn't too crowded but still plenty of people around. The trail head is not clearly marked when starting from the parking area (by the restrooms) so make sure you know where you're going beforehand.

hiking
8 months ago

Best snow hike ever with mind blowing views of Mt Rainier at the top. Definitely worth going in October on a clear sky day

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice hike, pretty easy going. A bit busy of a trail but nothing too crazy. Beautiful views of Mt rainier and the valley.

10 months ago

Very crowded but prime huckleberry picking.

10 months ago

sooooo beautiful!