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Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Looking north from the PCT on the east side of Naches Peak.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Small falls on the east side of Naches Peak.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Magenta paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View looking south toward Dewey Lake from the Dewey Lake junction along the PCT.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Rockslide larkspur (Delphinium glareosum).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Rusty saxifrage (Saxifraga ferruginea).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View looking southeast toward Dewey Lake.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View looking west toward Mount Rainier (14,409') and the giant Emmons Glacier.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis).- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View toward Mount Rainier (14,409') and down toward the Chinook Creek Valley.- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View looking southeast at Seymour Peak (6,337').- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • View north toward Tipsoo Lake and Yakima Peak (6,226').- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
  • Tipsoo Lake and Mount Rainier (14,409').- Tipsoo Lake + Naches Peak Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vistas of Mount Rainier and Wenatchee National Forest. Wildflowers in July and August.
Cons: 
Heavily used. Snowpack until August.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
480.00 ft (146.30 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,400.00 ft (1,645.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Easily one of the most popular day-hikes on Mount Rainier’s eastern side, the 5-mile Tipsoo Lake and Naches Loop Trail offers huge views in all directions. The trail begins at Tipsoo Lake, close to the summit of Chinook Pass, and circumnavigates Naches Peak. What makes this hike so ideal is that the trailhead is at roughly 5,400 feet, so there is modest elevation gain, and the route flanks the Washington drainage divide (think Continental Divide, only for Washington) with clear vistas of Mount Rainier to the west and panoramic views of the Wenatchee foothills to the east.

Unfortunately, because of the high elevation and prominence above the adjacent valleys, the trail is locked up in snow for the majority of the year, with the trail not truly clearing up until August. Once the snow melts, however, the meadow landscape comes alive with lush displays of magenta paintbrush, western pasque flower, varieties of larkspur, and bear grass.

Walk the trail in a clockwise direction for the best views of Mount Rainier.  If you are backpacking overnight, continue south down the PCT to Dewey Lake, Anderson Lake, Bachelor's Ridge, or all the way to Cougar Lake.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on the trails in Mount Rainier National Park.

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