100 Classic Hikes Washington
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
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.
Sign in/up to upload photos.
Keep Me Informed
Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.
We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.