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Tipsoo Lake

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • View of Tipsoo Lake and Mount Rainier (14,411') from Chinook Pass.- Tipsoo Lake
  • Short trail around Tipsoo Lake.- Tipsoo Lake
  • Tipsoo Lake.- Tipsoo Lake
  • Tipsoo Lake and Yakima Peak (6,226').- Tipsoo Lake
  • The view west toward Mount Rainer (14,411') and the Cowlitz Chimneys from Tipsoo Lake.- Tipsoo Lake
  • Mount Rainier (14,411') and Emmons Glacier.- Tipsoo Lake
  • The moon from Tipsoo Lake.- Tipsoo Lake
  • Tipsoo Lake and the view west toward Mount Rainier (14,411').- Tipsoo Lake
  • Tipsoo Lake and the view west toward Mount Rainier (14,411').- Tipsoo Lake
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Pros: 
Views of Mount Rainier. Short 0.25-mile trail around an alpine lake.
Cons: 
Very crowded during summer months.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Located just a few steps from Highway 410 and just below Naches Peak at the top of Chinook Pass, Tipsoo Lake is a great spot to stop for some of the park's best views of Mount Rainier. From this little lake, the appearance of the mountain is that of a hulking giant. If you have the time, taking the short loop trail that leads around the lake is the best way to enjoy the views. The nearly level path can be finished in a very short time if you complete the loop alone, though you'll also have the chance to loop around the side of Naches Peak. If you're visiting in the summer, the meadow around the lake displays a variety of wildflowers; in fall, the grasses turn into stunning shades of reds and yellows. Even without the hike, however, the view from Tipsoo Lake is well worth a stop.

 

 

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