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Naches Peak Loop Trail

EASY 579 reviews

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
snow
15 hours ago

Nice easy scenic loop. Very recommended for a sunset trek. A few sections were icy, a slip over set of Yak-Traks would be worth packing along for the less sure footed. I managed fine doing it after a graveyard though without them or poles. Not much fall color left to see.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! We went up the south side and down the north. The north side was much colder and had a lot of ice/mud - spikes or tracks would have helped. It was cloudy so we did not see Rainier, but the views on the trail were spectacular regardless (lakes, peaks, valleys everywhere).

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muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

great views! just make sure you are ready for a little snow and mud!

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muddy
snow
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
8 days ago

Hiked 10/6. Super pretty spots. Left side is very icy.

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muddy
snow
8 days ago

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muddy
snow
12 days ago

Great moderate hike that was suggested by a park ranger for amazing views of the mountain! We took the trail clockwise (from the west side) where the incline was more gradual and we were rewarded with a beautiful view of Rainer for the second half of the loop. The trail was both icy and muddy. We wished we had yak tracks at the very least but did have hiking poles, which helped immensely.

hiking
14 days ago

Fun and relatively easy hike. Went while it was snowing and turned the place into a winter wonderland and was not icy yet so easy to hike. You encounter lakes along the way which also add to the scenery.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike even in the rain with no views. Easy 6 miles with about 600 feet of gain. Lots of horse poop on Pacific Crest Trail portion of the hike. Chinook Pass a gorgeous area. Stephen Mather Memorial is inspiring. Tipsoo Lake is very nice. Hiked Thursday September 26, 2019 and fellow hikers were few. Hiked clockwise to catch possible Rainier views on south flank of the mountain if weather cleared, which it didn’t.

hiking
snow
15 days ago

An easy and enjoyable Sunday walk/loop (even when dusted with a layer or two of snow).

hiking
snow
15 days ago

Amazing day in the fresh snow. Beautiful views and an easy hike as long as it doesn’t get slippery.

hiking
17 days ago

We started early (8:30) and easily avoided the crowds on a Saturday. Completed in early September so some fall colors were just starting. It was foggy so no views of Mt. Rainier, but the fog provided a very secluded and peaceful feeling. A very enjoyable hike, would highly recommend!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful lakes all along the hike. I would hike this west to east to avoid steep incline starting from the other direction. Be sure to take a headlamp and rain cover up. It was really foggy and started snowing mid hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful fall colors right now

hiking
bugs
no shade
23 days ago

Great hike. It’s very scenic. I’d like to do this one again on a clear day.

hiking
23 days ago

Stunning views. Definitely recommend this trail. Just about right amount of exercise for beginners. Better to follow clockwise as you will be facing Mt.Rainier. Breathtaking!

hiking
23 days ago

awesome views. not to hard. beautiful day!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Huckleberries are out, and so are the bears! Saw a mom & cub black bear about 50 yards off the trail. They didn't care about us at all - only the berries. Also say a young buck and a beautiful cross-fox. It was a great hike.

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