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Naches Peak Loop Trail

EASY 595 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.

backpacking
muddy
26 days ago

Beautiful view of Rainer mountain !!

hiking
muddy
snow
27 days ago

Beautiful day on Saturday 11/09/19 .. half of trail is covered on snow and other half bare and dry.. 410 was bare and dry all the way to trailhead

hiking
27 days ago

This is a pretty trail with the best views of the mountain towards the end (going counterclockwise, which was the right choice). There were also flowers in bloom and a few small ponds to check out. (August)

hiking
1 month ago

One of my all time favorites in all seasons! Hiked 11/4 on a beautiful sunny day. Snow and ice on the east side of the loop, poles and yaktrax were helpful. Beautiful views of Rainier. Only met one other person on the trail.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Easy hike but there was snow and ice on trail. Spikes for sure were helpful, and poles on the east side. Started at 6:30am on 11-4-19, a Monday. Didn’t see anybody until almost back to the parking lot. Beautiful hike. I’ve been in several hikes before and I can say this one gave me the most epic views for the little effort. You get to see the majestic Tahoma, mount Adams for a little bit, Yakima peak at the parking lot, Naches peak, Seymour peak, Dewey lakes, Tipsoo lakes, and a couple mo name lakes. If you can, go before they close the hwy for the season or the rain moves in. Totally worth it but please be prepared in order to enjoy ur out there. This ain’t a easy summer stroll anymore.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and beautiful hike that offers green meadows and nice views of Mount Rainier.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

My wife and I were in the Sunrise area late September. Got in late first day but drove up Chinook Pass and hiked from Tipsoo lake in about 2 miles then came back. Vowed to return. Came back couple days later mid morning after rain stopped but fog so thick we couldn’t see more than 50 feet in front of us. Vowed to return again! Last full day we had we drove up again and I am so glad. It had snowed in the higher elevations overnight and everything was dusted in snow. Gorgeous. Less than half way into hike it started snowing. Pellets at first but then big fat fluffy flakes. And really coming down the rest of the hike. Fair # of people out. Had an awesome time. For 2 Floridians this hike in the snowstorm was heavenly.

hiking
snow
1 month 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 month 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).

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

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

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
snow
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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!

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