Naches Peak Loop

Mount Rainier National Park

Enjoy stunning views of Mount Rainier National Park while circumnavigating Naches Peak.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
5.7 km
Ascent
210 m
Descent
210 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
Naches Peak Loop Map

This popular, family-friendly hike circumnavigates Naches Peak, providing stunning views the entire way! The loop begins at beautiful Tipsoo Lake, and whichever you way you hike the trail, you’ll enjoy "big views of Dewey Lake at the trail's middle point,” according to Brad Lane of PlanetWare.com.

Description

While you can indeed hike this trail in either direction, Patricia Coulthard of WTA.org recommends hiking clockwise for “outstanding views of Mount Rainier.” If you hike the loop in this direction, you’ll begin by traversing "a steep hillside on the northern flank of Naches Peak” and climbing a gentle slope above a wildflower-filled valley.

The viewpoint above Dewey Lake is truly impressive, but the smooth rock bench sitting spot is extremely popular—expect to encounter crowds of people here.

The rest of the hike crosses alpine meadows and affords "stunning views of Mount Rainier,” according to Coulthard. The final section may just be the best part of the entire hike!

Sources: https://www.planetware.com/washington/top-rated-hikes-in-mount-rainier-national-park-us-wa-114.htm https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/day-hiking-at-mount-rainier.htm https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/naches-peak-loop

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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