Naches Peak Loop Trail

Sunrise, Washington

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Chinook Pass is one of several access points to the Pacific Crest Trail. You can hike either north or south on the PCT, but for a variety of scenery the Naches Loop is recommended. Hiking clockwise is also recommended— the window of opportunity to hike this trail without running into snow is limited, and in late July or early August you may still find lingering snow on the east slopes of Naches Peak. If in doubt, take an ice ax, or begin the loop counterclockwise and turn back if you hit significant snow. In late July, come for the flowers. In September, come for the fall colors and berries. Or come anytime Chinook Pass is open.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Chinook Pass is one of several access points to the Pacific Crest Trail. You can hike either north or south on the PCT, but for a variety of scenery the Naches Loop is recommended. Hiking clockwise is also recommended— the window of opportunity to hike this trail without running into snow is limited, and in late July or early August you may still find lingering snow on the east slopes of Naches Peak.

If in doubt, take an ice ax, or begin the loop counterclockwise and turn back if you hit significant snow. In late July, come for the flowers. In September, come for the fall colors and berries. Or come anytime Chinook Pass is open.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sunrise
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Hikable: Mid-July through October, Best flowers: July through August
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 270 Mount Rainier East and 271 Bumping Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Naches Peak Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2012
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This is an easy afternoon hike to get out and stretch your legs the elevation change is minimal and spread over the length of the trail. The only thing strenuous about the trail is the altitude. The wild flowers were in full bloom and the temperature was perfect. We did the trail in the clockwise direction starting at the parking lot on the east side of Chinook pass and were rewarded with great views of MT Rainer. People walking it in the opposite direction commented that they had to constantly look over their shoulder to see the mountain. Pit toilets are available at both parking lots. The final portion of the loop follows the road up and over Chinook pass back to the parking lot. There are several mountain lakes along the trial and a number of viewpoints from saddles. The trail breaks off to several longer trails including to PCT.


8/20/2008
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great easy trail for when you just want to get out or are just starting out...went up on sat..it was rainy, but not horrible. lots of blueberries and quite a few other hikers as well.


8/2/2008
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Great easy trail, good if you have little ones or just feel like an easy stroll.


7/25/2008
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Excellent views



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