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Tipsoo Lake Loop via Naches Peak Loop Trail and Pacific Crest Trail

23 reviews #1 hike out of 53 in
3.5 mi
Distance
1 hrs 47 min
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terrain
594 ft
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Overview

This is a easy loop trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

This trail goes by Chinook Pass, Naches Peak Loop Trailhead, Upper Tipsoo Lake, and Tipsoo Lake.



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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    Great drive in. The parking lot was iced over at entrance and 1/4 of the parking spots. Iced at the trailhead start, but then dry hard packed snow until the bend headed to the Rainier view. Well maintained path. Overall easy going smooth trail.
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    11 months, 3 weeks ago
    Beautiful!!
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    2 years ago
    3.8 mile loop from Tipsoo lake to Pacific Crest trail then hwy 410, back to Tipsoo lake. Beautifull views. Very crowded on the trail and vehicle parking. midweek or weekend.
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    2 years, 1 month ago
    Started early at 7:00 AM. I did the loop counter clockwise which was a mistake. Most of the people are doing it clockwise which provides the best view. I was surprised that bugs weren’t an issue.
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    3 years, 1 month ago
    An easy, scenic loop hike on Mount Rainier’s east side with great views and wildflowers. Very popular- expect to see a lot of other visitors.
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    4 years ago
    Partly cloudy day didn’t show much of the big attraction (Mt. Rainier), but still a beautiful easy family friendly trail. Passed a dozen other hikers, found out we went the wrong direction on the loop. So FYI go clockwise (left) at the start of the trail to get the constant views towards the mountain. Beautiful views of the lakes. Fall colors are definitely in season and gorgeous.
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mcnorth 7 years, 2 months ago
Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop
XLOCATION Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Steven's Canyon LENGTH: 3.2 miles, roundtrip ELEVATION: Gain: 600 ft. Highest Point: 5850 ft. ========= This popular hike provides a range of alpine experiences in a short loop. Walk along a hillside above a small valley, pause at a viewpoint overlooking a lake, and stroll through grassy meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. In season enjoy an abundance of wildflowers or perhaps a handful of huckleberries. The hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail on the northern flank of Naches Peak and the Naches Peak Trail on the southern flank. The loop is best done clockwise for outstanding views of Mount Rainier. This hike begins at Tipsoo Lake and then traverses a steep hillside on the northern flank of Naches Peak. As you climb a gentle slope, you will look down on a small lush valley that is a wildflower heaven. In late July and early August you may be treated to a flower festival including blue lupine, white bistort, and magenta paintbrush. Along the way you will pass an unnamed lakelet where you may be tempted to take off your boots and go wading. As the loop wraps around the east side of Naches Peak, the trail comes to a viewpoint with Dewey Lake over 600 feet below. The smooth rock bench here makes an excellent place to eat lunch or take a break. This is a popular place, however, so be prepared to share the experience with others. On the southern side of Naches Peak, you will cross alpine meadows with stunning views of Mount Rainier. This is an exceptionally picturesque area, and it is easy to get fantastic photos here. Many people feel this is the highlight of the loop. For this hike, start at the Tipsoo Lake parking lot. Follow the trail northeast around the lake to the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot. Cross to the south side of the highway then follow the Pacific Crest Trail around the northern flank of Naches Peak. Just after the Dewey Lake viewpoint, the Pacific Crest Trail comes to a junction with the Naches Peak Loop trail. Go right and follow the Naches Peak Loop trail back to the Tipsoo Lake parking lot.
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rpzag 6 years ago
Naches Loop
Beautiful hike with Amazing views of Mt Rainier. Trailhead sign right off the main road near Sunrise visitor center with parking along the road or a pullout nearby. (note: i forgot to start the app until after a short ways into the trail) A few lakes along the trail to sit and ponder by... I hiked counter clockwise and the mountain was mostly behind me for the 1st half and hidden behind a ridge the 2nd half. I think the general guidance is to hike clockwise and the mountain will provide a great view as you walk.
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annawolheter 3 years, 3 months ago
Naches Peak Loop
With Jody/ needed micro-spikes
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Ron Niemi 3 years, 1 month ago
Track (8/22/19, 11:00:33AM)
Naches Loop Trail
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Track (9/30/18, 11:15:05AM)
Naches peak loop
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