Naches Peak Loop Trail

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Naches Peak Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options 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

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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
7 days ago

Excellent pretty easy trail. Great long views, and a good portion of the walk is straight at Rainier.

hiking
8 days ago

Love the views from this trail. A very manageable trail that provides a taste of the backcountry with easy parking and accessibility.

hiking
10 days ago

This is an amazing hike! Recommend doing it clockwise for an incredible view of the mountain while going down hill. We did see some bear scat at some places.

hiking
12 days ago

Did this in late August. This trail was absolutely gorgeous, with breathtaking views almost the entire way! Perfect for a couple of flatlanders trying to get used to the altitude! My husband and I are in our 50’s and in pretty good shape. The elevation gain was totally manageable, and the photo ops were nonstop! We went on a weekday around 10a. There were a fair amount of people here, but nothing too crazy. Would HIGHLY recommend. Bucket list for sure! Head to Sunrise too for the Burroughs Mountain Trail. OMG!

hiking
15 days ago

Because of its length and relatively flat incline, this is a superb trail for kids and pregnant folk like me. Would’ve liked to go a bit earlier in summer when more of the wild flowers were out but still gorgeous nonetheless. Many lakes, views and wildlife (even a a mama and baby bear!) along the way. Get there early to beat the crowds!! They come in droves by 10am.

hiking
17 days ago

The views are awesome! But if your looking for a traditional hiking trail, this isn’t it! This trail is too popular. So much so that it attracts all sorts! Many who do not understand hiking etiquette! There was a group who was playing their music so the rest of us can hear it. Hiking is suppose to serene! Many with kids who block the path and don’t yield. Many not yielding to uphill hikers or moving to one side to allow passers! And the law breakers who stop and pee right in front of you. This is suppose to be no dogs.. I love dogs but there’s a reason dogs should not be at this location. The signs even say no dogs.. so yes, there was a few who brought their dogs because the rules or law does not pertain to them. I won’t be back!

hiking
17 days ago

Okay trail. Slightly crowded close to sunset. I don’t know if it’s having done Indian bar right before this, but was honestly just underwhelmed. Easy trail though.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful vistas and the weather was wonderful. Highly recommend.

hiking
18 days ago

Wonderful hike!! Start out with a small incline, but overall easy gentle hike. The views of Mount Rainier are breathtaking! She was out in all her glory yesterday. The trail was busy yesterday but we expected that as it was Labor Day. Don't miss this hike it's a great lunch date!

Clouds mostly covering Mount Rainier. perfect weather otherwise.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy and full of great payouts. Good for kids and wildlife viewing

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome trail with magnificent views. We hiked it with our 8 and 4 year old who handled it well. Path in great condition. Also was able to see a mamma bear and her cub munching on huckleberries maybe 50 yards below the path while overlooking Rainier. Truly magical

hiking
22 days ago

Nice, short and easy hike with great views of Mount Rainier! Saw 3 bears as well.

hiking
24 days ago

Had a great afternoon. This is an easy hike and great for new hikers. We went off trail and hiked down to Dewy lake, this was nice detour, and added some elevation. We saw a bear about 100 yards off the trail- very cool. Will do this again.

hiking
24 days ago

saw two bears, two deer, fish, birds, and ate blueberries. fantastic!

hiking
25 days ago

Fun hike! Nice and easy and good for all levels of hikers. Saw a couple bears!

hiking
26 days ago

Gorgeous, stunning, miraculous! I loved this trail! Views all around and the wildflowers are in full bloom right now. It is surprisingly hot though and there is very little shade so I’d recommend shorts and sunscreen. Go clockwise to get the best views of Mount Rainier.

hiking
28 days ago

saw some bears, pretty cool!

hiking
28 days ago

Easy hike, great view, saw a black bear about 150 ft off the trail about 3 miles in (going clockwise). Loved it!

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked the Naches Peak Loop on a weekend when it was raining and overcast weather. We hiked clockwise. Pets are not allowed on the trail. We started at tipsoo lake and then climbed a gentle slope. As you climb the hillside, you look down on the beautiful wildflower valley overlooking the lake. As we continued, we passed a small lake where we clicked few pictures. The trail gets a little steep at the beginning of the lake. The view of the lakelet is truly amazing from the slope. We were tempted to click many pictures of the lake along with beautiful wildflowers. We missed the view of Mount Rainier as it was hazy and raining. The views were stunning and breathtaking. We enjoyed the vibrant colors of wildflowers but most of all we loved the bear grass field along the hike. It seemed like we were in an enchanted Forest. The trail starts to descend towards the end. We had to cross the road to finish the trail. We walked along the tipsoo lake until we arrived at a small bridge in the end. Although we missed on the breathtaking vistas of the majestic Mount Rainier overlooking the meadows and the lakes, it was a great experience and we look forward to repeat.

29 days ago

Beautiful trail! Did it last week - meadows filled with wild flowers, lakes and incredible views of Mt Rainier.

hiking
1 month ago

Busy trail. Best hiking on weekdays. Saw a brown bear munching berries 30 ft from the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We were not able to see Mt. Rainier from the top due to overcast weather;however, the wildflowers and ponds along the way were stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

This was the first “long hike” for our 5.5 year old and it was a success (we’ll leave all the complaining back on the trail!). It’s definitely kid-friendly but I would consider it on the harder side of kid-friendly. Beautiful views and plenty of spots to hop off the trail to eat lunch (or nurse a baby, as the case may be!).

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail and wish that not so many loved it too. My most favorite trail and have been many times.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! We hiked this loop on 7/30/19 the wild flowers were amazing and the view of Mt. Rainier was beyond words...great day!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great little hike for anyone. Today I seen many elderly hiking and even a blind person. Tons of great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it. Actually hiked counter-clockwise because of parking and don’t think I would’ve preferred it the other way. You get the mountain right at the beginning and as long as you turn around to appreciate it from time to time, it’s not like you don’t see it! Thought this direction gave some nice surprises with the sudden appearance of Dewey lake and the subalpine meadows full of flowers. It was not difficult at all- All elevation changes were gradual, though stopping over and over for heavy traffic was a bit annoying once the crowds increased around noon. Used some bug spray and didn’t get any bites. Great hike- would definitely do again.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

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