Naches Peak Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County and Yakima County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 5,330 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 826 feet. The Naches Peak Loop Trailhead information guidepost is near the trailhead. There are also parkings, recyclings, picnic sites, and a waste basket. The trail ends near the Chinook Pass (elevation 5,427 feet) saddle.
"This loop packs a lot of wallop within its short distance. You can immerse yourself with some of the best Mount Rainier National Park has to offer and without a lot of work! There is easy access to alpine scenery, a couple of ponds, an alpine lake, Cascade Mountain vistas, dramatic views of Mount Rainier, midsummer floral displays, and lots of fall color." Read more
"A popular loop in summer, Naches Peak Trail offers small mountain lakes, subalpine forest, good views of Mount Rainier, and a worthwhile side trip to Dewey Lake. The Naches Peak Trail straddles the national park boundary, which means it is subject to somewhat different rules than other hikes.
For instance, you do not have to pay an entrance fee to hike this trail, as long as you leave your car outside the park boundaries. Keep in mind that a forest service or interagency pass may be required. Also, pets are allowed on the portion of the trail outside the park boundary. These facts, coupled with a nice picnic area and stellar views, make Naches Peak a popular summer hike. If you bring a pet, however, you cannot complete the loop and must turn around at the park entrance sign, where the Naches Peak Trail intersects the Pacific Crest Trail." Read more
"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!" Read more
"The meadows surrounding this high loop around Naches Peak burst with flowers. After an initial climb, the trail stays flat as it contours around the mountain, making for an easy hike. You’ll cross over snow-fed streams that trickle through peaceful wildflower gardens. The scenery seems too good to be true, until it gets better. The views of Mount Rainier from the last third of the trail are breathtaking. This is a great hike to do with kids or anyone who wants to experience exquisite alpine beauty without working too hard for it." Read more
"Early in the summer (July), the flower gardens along this loop rival those to be found anywhere. The first 1. 6 miles of this hike are within Mount Rainier National Park. This trail is open to hikers only, as are most of the trails in Mount Rainier National Park. The meadows here are covered with western pasqueflowers and buttercups in early summer (July). There will be another viewpoint to the right as the route makes a left turn to head northwest. As you descend the mostly open slope, the Chinook Pass Highway comes into view to the north. If you are here early in the summer, you will cross several tiny streams and pass beneath a small waterfall as you descend along this slope, but by August they will likely all be dry. Snowdrifts covering parts of the trail here are possible well into July." Read more
"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." Read more
"A popular loop in summer, Naches Peak Trail offers small mountain lakes, subalpine forest, good views of Mount Rainier, and a worthwhile side trip to Dewey Lake.
The Naches Peak Trail straddles the national park boundary, which means two things: first, you do not have to pay an entrance fee to hike this trail; second, pets are allowed on the portion of the trail outside the park boundary. These facts, coupled with a nice picnic area and stellar views, make Naches Peak a popular summer hike." Read more