Naches Peak Loop

Enumclaw, Washington

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On this classic hike—one of the easiest view-packed loops within Mount Rainer National Park—don’t expect to be alone. But do expect in summer to be dazzled by wild?owers and in fall swooned by what Manning described as “a magni?cence of ?aming autumn color that will send your New England visitors back home crestfallen.” Add close-up views of glacier-cloaked Mount Rainier, a couple of small alpine lakes, plus resident marmots, ground squirrels, and deer—and what a hike!
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

On this classic hike—one of the easiest view-packed loops within Mount Rainer National Park—don’t expect to be alone. But do expect in summer to be dazzled by wild?owers and in
fall swooned by what Manning described as “a magni?cence of ?aming autumn color that will send your New England visitors back home crestfallen.”

Add close-up views of glacier-cloaked Mount Rainier, a couple of small alpine lakes, plus resident marmots, ground squirrels, and deer—and what a hike!

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Enumclaw
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: Best July through October
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier NP
Local Maps: Green Trails, Mount Rainier Wonderland Trail No. 269S
Driving Directions: Directions to Naches Peak Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2009
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Very nice loop trail that is best started at Tipsoo Lake, then to the trail bridge over the highway about 1/4 mile up. This way you're walking clockwise on the trail and Mt. Rainier will be in front of you for almost half of the trail. This is not a trail for small children but you will find any number of people trying to coax the little tikes up the hill. We encountered significant snow on the trail, especially on the east side of Naches Peak. While this trail offers 5-star views and is really a 4-star trail, I have lowered its rating to 3 because of the high volume of foot traffic we encountered on the hike. If you are looking for solitude, this is not the trail for you. I have posted a panorama I took overlooking a tarn on the west side of Naches Peak: http://gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=28508 Video can be found on YouTube. Happy trails! /Randal



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